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Stay safe and enjoy UEFA Euro 2020™

The UEFA Euro 2020™ football tournament kicks off on 11 June 2021 as Turkey play Italy in Rome.  The tournament was delayed from the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is still being referred to as UEFA Euro 2020™.

The tournament is being held across the continent for the first time in the competition's 60-year history, with 11 host cities in all.  The final and semi-finals, two round of 16 games and three group games are being held in England at Wembley Stadium. Football fans

Other host cities are: 

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Bucharest, Romania.
  • Budapest, Hungary.
  • Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Munich, Germany.
  • Rome, Italy.
  • Saint Petersburg, Russia. 
  • Seville, Spain. 

With the tournament also beginning ten days before the planned full easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we ask you to also please follow the latest government guidelines (opens in a new window) as the matches kick off, including England's first game, which is against Croatia on 13 June.A pub

We want UEFA Euro 2020™ to be a trouble free tournament and we are working in partnership with local authorities and agencies to help achieve this.

The overwhelming majority of football fans who go to the matches or stay at home to watch games are law-abiding and peaceful and we want everyone to enjoy the tournament after what has been a very tough year for all of us.  However, if you are thinking of causing trouble – think again – forces are working together to identify trouble makers and will detain those identified if necessary before and during the competition.

We will be speaking to everyone who has a banning order, advising them of the consequences of breaching their bans.

We also ask licensed premises to read our advice ahead of and during the tournament.

Road safetyDrink driving

  • We will be vigilant - as ever - 24/7 throughout UEFA Euro 2020™. If you're driving, don't drink. It's not worth the risk.
  • Driving home after watching a match? Don't drink any alcohol. So many factors (gender, build, age, health) will vary the way alcohol affects you, just one drink can impair your driving - and could take you over the legal limit.
  • Remember, alcohol takes longer than you might think to pass through your system. If you've been drinking the night before, there's a strong possibility you could be over the limit the next morning.
  • If you know you will be drinking later on, plan beforehand how you are getting home safely - you could arrange for one of your group to be the 'designated driver'. However, it's often unplanned moments of drinking when people decide to take a risk - if you do have a drink, book a licensed taxi.
  • If you drink and drive, there's a good chance you'll be caught - think, how would your life be different if you lost your license?

Alcohol

  • Think before you drink and don’t drink to excess.A drunk man
  • Drinking too much alcohol can have devastating consequences on your life and could lead you into trouble with the police. It can make you more aggressive and more likely to commit a crime.
  • You’re less in control if you’re drunk and more vulnerable to being a victim of crime, including having your wallet or mobile phone stolen, being assaulted or even sexually assaulted.
  • Drunken behaviour could result in police action such as an £80 fine or a night in the cells
  • You can still enjoy alcohol but it’s important to drink responsibly to stay safe. You can still have a great time if you alternate alcoholic drinks with soft or low alcohol ones, drink more slowly and consume alcohol with food.

Domestic abuseDomestic abuse

  • Football can be a highly emotional game and no matter how your team do there is no excuse for taking your feelings out on your family or partner.
  • Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) and it could lead to a breakdown of your relationship and/or family. You could even be arrested and go to prison if you are convicted of an offence.
  • If you are a victim of domestic abuse or affected by domestic abuse, you can call the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08 088 088 088. It is free to call between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday. This number will not appear on your phone bill.

UEFA Euro 2020™ football showing the flags of the countries in the tournament

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