Football fans have descended on Munich tonight for the English Nations League clash against Germany, with Gareth Southgate urging British fans to respect German police and locals
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Thousands of England fans have descended on Munich to witness the English Nations League clash with Germany.
Although most Britons are respectful, some traveling fans have started singing war songs around town.
It comes five years later from England fans singing “Ten German Bombers” and other WWII chants during the team’s last game in Germany.
England boss Gareth Southgate previously urged fans to respect German police and locals.
However, ahead of tonight’s game, seven Brits have been arrested in the city, including two people who allegedly gave Nazi salutes.
Police said another fan caused damage estimated to be worth €2,000 (£1,700) after lighting a flare in his hotel room.
Four others were arrested for incidents including insults to police officers and urinating on the street.
It comes despite England fans insisting they were determined to repair their damaged reputation.
Local police spokesman Benjamin Castro Tellez told Der Spiegel: “Three people, two British and one Dutch, have been arrested for performing a Hitler salute, which is against the law in Germany and which we do not tolerate.
“We don’t reveal their names but the two UK internationals were kitted out in England football shirts. It is now up to the public prosecutor to decide whether charges will be brought and whether this will result in a fine.
“Meanwhile, the English fan who set off the fireworks in the hotel has also been arrested.”
Most of the 6,000 England fans in Munich behaved well, fielded by a huge legion of 700 German riot police. But others ignored requests from England boss Gareth Southgate to behave.
Hundreds mocked amused German shoppers and attended school festivals, shouting tunes about the war.
“Have you ever seen a German win a war,” “Ten German Bombers,” “Two World Wars and a World Cup,” and “No Surrender to the IRA” were among the songs that sang in the bars and restaurants around the famous Marienplatz were sung.
Many of the England fans were required to post bail of around €200 (£170) – the equivalent of a local fine – while two who were unable to pay the money were taken before a district judge.
Some bars in the city closed early on Monday after being overwhelmed by the number of customers as large groups of fans wearing replica England shirts and carrying flags sang in the warm German sunshine.
Other pubs didn’t open at all on Tuesday after reports of incidents at some supporters spiraled out of control.
Police were also called to a “brawl” on Monday believed to have involved between 30 and 50 England fans, but which broke up when armed officers arrived at the scene.
There are fears of further clashes later on Tuesday after some English fans bought tickets from the Allianz Arena’s German support area.
A Munich police spokesman said police could only stop England fans from going to the home team if they were expected to cause trouble.
He added that 700 police officers have been on duty since Saturday to deal with the influx of English fans into the city, considerably more than would work for a Bayern Munich football match.
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It comes after a request from Southgate to respect German police and locals.
He said: “I think we know from the scenery at the moment that the spotlight will be on. That’s why we all want to come home and talk about a brilliant night, good football and an amazing atmosphere.
“We can only ask what our supporters are delivering. It’s definitely having an impact (on the players). The staff are working on things that interfere with the main part of their job, you are embarrassed when you hear about it because you know it is a representation of your country.
“I think we can only get the right messages across, then you have to be able to rely on people to behave. I think we have fans from all over the country who are great at traveling and leaving abroad with a great feeling for England and for English fans.
“We also know that there have always been others who have done it differently, and that has been the case for over 40 years.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-brits-descend-munich-england-27169860 Thousands of Britons come to Munich for England vs. Germany while war songs are played