Lancashire Police ask supporters to behave responsibly during the Qatar World Cup and warn that they will clamp down on domestic abuse, alcohol-induced violence and driving offences

Police are urging football fans to drink responsibly during the World Cup, and are expecting a rise in domestic abuse and drink-drive offences during England games.

As the Fifa World Cup kicks off in Qatar tomorrow (Nov 20), Lancashire Police are asking supporters to celebrate safely and to report offences, including domestic violence.

Supt Melita Worswick, of Lancashire Police, said: “The rise in domestic abuse reports around football matches is appalling – we will not tolerate such criminality and offenders can expect to be dealt with quickly and robustly. We’d like to encourage all victims of domestic abuse to please report it to us. We will investigate and help you get the support and advice you need.”

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The tournament is taking place before Christmas, with England playing two evening games, against USA and Wales.

Domestic abuse expected to rise during World Cup

In an official facebook statement, Lancashire Police also issued a warning to drink drivers.

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“We understand that people will want to drink alcohol while watching the games but we would urge people to drink responsibly and look after each other. Just one drink or drug driver on the roads of Lancashire is always one too many.”This year’s tournament is taking place during the festive period, with people mixing in bars and pubs across the county’s towns and cities.Supt Worswick added: “We want people to enjoy the World Cup responsibly and the vast majority of people will do so. However, I want to reassure our communities that any crime linked with the World Cup, be that domestic abuse, alcohol-induced violence or drink or drug-driving will simply not be tolerated.”