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Following The Euros Mayhem Police Are Calling For Cocaine Addicts To Be Barred From Football Tournaments

Authorities seek the authority to prohibit football supporters from consuming cocaine at games, citing concerns that the drug may be causing chaos and violence.
During the Euro 2020 final, which saw large numbers of ticketless persons force their way into the stadium, some England fans were seen on camera openly sniffing white substance at Wembley and elsewhere in London.
Mark Roberts, the national head for football policing for Cheshire Constabulary, told The Independent that he was seeking amendments that would allow officers to issue Football Banning Orders for drug possession.
Cocaine usage is “common” among football fans, according to him, and has been recognized as a problem by authorities at stadiums for years.
Mr Roberts continued, “Football reflects the rising use of cocaine in wider culture, but it can also fuel some of the undesirable behavior.”
“We will very much like to bring it up to date with drug usage and make that a trigger in the same way,” he said. The law allows bans to be enforced if persons have been convicted of particular offenses and the move would avoid violence or unrest.
“Possession of alcohol or being drunk when entering/trying to enter a ground” is one of the relevant offenses, but there is no corresponding provision for narcotics.
Mr Roberts said amending the law “would be good and reflect some practicalities of what we are witnessing,” adding, “It is time for us to assess how current some of the Football Banning Order legislation is, since time has moved on and it is appropriate to review it and check its fit for purpose.”
“The law should be modified to reflect what is causing and contributing to disorder in the real world,” said Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow home secretary.
“When it comes to Football Banning Orders, that should cover the use of all illegal drugs.” Following a wave of racist abuse directed at England footballers following their loss to Italy, Boris Johnson said that the regulations would be expanded so that internet abusers may be barred from stadiums for up to ten years.
(AP) The Home Office said the legislation was “constantly reviewed,” but wouldn’t say whether it was examining Mr Roberts’ medicine request.
Cocaine usage may have played a crucial role in the turmoil at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final, according to a behavioural specialist.
After hours of drinking and raucous celebrations, thousands of fans without tickets descended on the stadium, and an unknown number forced their way in, battling violently with stewards and police.
After the end of the country’s worst football tournament in terms of crime, disorder was recorded in town centers and fan zones across the country.
“Cocaine culture” is expanding, according to Dr Martha Newson, an anthropologist at the University of Kent who specializes in sports fandoms.
Cocaine usage in football has yet to be addressed, according to football anthropologist Dr Martha Newson. “Alcohol was obviously a significant aspect at Wembley on Sunday, but we also need to explore the impact cocaine may have played,” she told The Independent.
“According to my latest research, cocaine use among fans is linked to increased fan disturbance and violence.”
“It would be remarkable to have the energy and coordination to push through security late in the day after a day of drinking.”
Several diehard fans have used cocaine for a decade or more to maintain their energy in a way that alcohol cannot.
“Cocaine usage in football has yet to be addressed,” Dr. Newson said in May, citing data that indicated self-reported cocaine use among football fans to be greater than the national average.
More than 60,000 people bought tickets to the Euro 2020 final at Wembley (AP). Over a third of those polled said they had seen others use the class A substance at matches in the previous year, and 6% said they had used it themselves.
According to the study, “football enthusiasts may represent a community where the aggressive effects linked with cocaine use are magnified.”
“Cocaine use among football fans has already been linked to the formation of ‘hyper-masculine identities’ and the hostility that comes with them.”
“Indeed, cocaine has become an element of ‘lad culture,’ fueling competitiveness and violence from the time they arrive at a match until long after it is over,” according to the study. Football fans who felt “strongly fused” with their fellow supporters and used cocaine were “especially likely to describe past hostility toward competitors,” according to the study.
Because of the presence of other elements such as alcohol and high social bonding, Dr. Newson stated it was impossible to establish if cocaine directly induced violence.
“I believe there is a culture of it in football right now, just as there has been with alcohol,” she continued. A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “Football-related violence and disruption of any type will not be allowed, which is why roughly 1,400 hooligans are presently forbidden from attending games under Football Banning Orders.”
“The law is always being reviewed, and the prime minister stated last week that it will be extended so that internet abusers can be barred from stadiums for up to ten years.”
“Drugs destroy lives, destroy families, and harm communities, which is why we’re forming a new cross-government narcotics unit to combat the problem.” Disobeying a Football Banning Order is a criminal offense punishable by up to six months in prison, a fine of up to PS10,000, or both.

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