England fans damage ambulance, set record for emergency calls

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England fans damage ambulance, set record for emergency calls

(USA TODAY) – Celebrations of England’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Sweden spilled out of control on Saturday, as reports of criminal damage to an ambulance and a record number of distress calls emerged.

The incidents took place in England – while there were no initial reports of any trouble relating to the small band of traveling Three Lions supporters, following the side’s 2-0 victory in Samara.

In the minutes and hours that followed the triumph, joyous fans took to the streets in England to party, in anticipation of England’s first trip to a World Cup semifinal since 1990.

Celebrations of England’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Sweden spilled out of control on Saturday, as reports of criminal damage to an ambulance and a record number of distress calls emerged.

The incidents took place in England – while there were no initial reports of any trouble relating to the small band of traveling Three Lions supporters, following the side’s 2-0 victory in Samara.

In the minutes and hours that followed the triumph, joyous fans took to the streets in England to party, in anticipation of England’s first trip to a World Cup semifinal since 1990.

After years of lamenting the behavior of its traveling fans, maybe now it is time for England to take more of an inward look. In general, England supporters at the tournament have been well-behaved. One incident involving a supporter sickeningly issuing a Nazi salute during the group stage at a Volgograd pub aside, organizers and Russian police have spoken positively of the group.

It is expected that a significant influx of England fans will attempt to reach Moscow and get tickets for Wednesday’s semifinal against Croatia. However, previous offenders of hooliganism have largely been kept away from Russia due to the implementation of the FAN-ID program, which allows for checks on the criminal history of anyone applying to attend matches.

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