England fans have been criticised for their “disgraceful” behaviour following their team’s quarter-final victory at the World Cup on Sunday.
In one video widely shared online, jubilant football fans can be seen jumping on furniture and kicking items around an IKEA store in Stratford, London following England’s win against Sweden.
The emergency services got caught up in the trouble as ambulances were stood on and dented by revellers.
In Stratford, cheering crowds celebrating England’s 2-0 win entered one of Sweden’s flagship home stores and began “trashing” it.
— محسن (@KingMo786) July 7, 2018
Responding to the video, an IKEA spokesperson said: “We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores. Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘grattis!’”
The West Midlands Police recently revealed on their Twitter account that they took their highest volume of 999 calls ever, with 3,276 being made for emergency police assistance in 24 hours.
Sergeant Wayne Baker, with WYP, tweeted his disgust after pictures emerged of revellers dancing on top of an ambulance in central London. He branded such behaviour a “total disgrace”.
When I see behaviour like this it makes me anything but proud to be English …. You are a total disgrace. As for our National Football Team … that does make me proud to be English! pic.twitter.com/lkRQHHRp7s
— PS Wayne Baker (@WYP_WayneBaker) July 7, 2018
Footage from Clapham Junction saw one fan plunge through a glass bus stop roof after leaping from the top of a double-decker bus.
The trouble wasn’t just in England, over in Benidorm, one riot cop hit a Three Lions fan, who was carrying a child on his shoulders, with baton as police came out in force to stop what several local news sources are calling vandalism and disorderly behaviour by the fans.
Police in Benidorm assaulting England fan while he’s holding his young lad! Disgusting WTF! pic.twitter.com/2K1R2CNuEP
— Football Stands (@TheFootyStands) July 8, 2018
Rubber bullets were shot in the air to disperse the crowd and batons were used against anyone who was uncooperative.
The Sun, Daily Mail and The Express have all criticised Spanish police for excessive force.
Ahead of Wednesday’s England game against Croatia, the British foreign office has issued a warning to English tourists to be on their best behaviour.
Violent incidents between British tourists and Benidorm police also broke out after England’s 6-1 win over Panama in the group stages.
A greater number of riot police are expected to be deployed on Wednesday to prevent violence and disorderly behaviour from getting out of hand.
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