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No British fans arrested at World Cup – report

According to the UK’s football policing director, British soccer supporters at the World Cup in Qatar behaved wonderfully and no one was detained during the international competition.

“The behaviour of England and Wales out in Qatar was absolutely exemplary,” Chief Constable Mark Roberts of Cheshire Police was quoted as saying by USA Today on Thursday.

“Throughout the home nations’ involvement in the tournament there were no arrests or incidents to report, which is a credit to all those who travelled.”

Three people were taken into custody in Russia during the 2018 World Cup. However, with Wales and England participating in the competition this time, the number of group-stage games played by British sides increased by two, including a derby encounter in which England defeated Wales 3-0.

“I would also like to praise all the UK officers who traveled out to Qatar for the work they have done in helping to keep British nationals safe during the past four weeks,” Roberts said.

“Traditionally we do have few arrests of our fans at World Cups, but to have zero isn’t something we have seen before.”

Many were quick to point out that British fans did not visit Qatari jails since alcohol is hard to come by and is strictly regulated in the Muslim country.

“It would be wrong to entirely attribute this excellent behaviour to the restrictions on alcohol in Qatar, but I do think it has helped to some degree,” Roberts said

Wales could not make it out of the group round, while England was eliminated in the quarterfinals by France, who will play Argentina in the final on Sunday.

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