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Man Detained at Manchester Airport After Euro 2024 Fan Disorder in Germany

Fan Detained at Manchester Airport After Euro 2024 Disorder

A 39-year-old man from Bolton was detained at Manchester airport on Monday evening under the Football Spectators Act 1989, following fan disorder in Gelsenkirchen ahead of England’s Euro 2024 opener against Serbia.

The incident occurred before England’s first Group C fixture on Sunday. The detained individual’s passport has been retained, and he is scheduled to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 18, for a Civil Football Banning Order Hearing.

The United Kingdom Football Policing Unit (UKFPU) is investigating the incident. Mick Johnson, head of the UKFPU, emphasized the consequences for supporters causing disorder, stating that UK nationals involved could face football banning orders.

“This action highlights the extensive scope of the Euro 2024 football policing operation,” Johnson said. “Any UK football supporter causing disorder in Germany could face police action upon their return. We are working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to seek football banning orders where appropriate.”

German police will also enforce strict measures against lawbreakers, including heavy fines and custodial sentences. The UKFPU is collaborating with German police, with UK officers supporting the operation overseas.

“We want fans traveling to Germany to enjoy themselves, but please drink responsibly, respect local culture, and stay safe,” Johnson added.

Credit: Sky Sports

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