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Men’s football England fans call for urgent action after Gelsenkirchen transport chaos

AN ENGLAND fans’ group has called for an “urgent and thorough review” of transport arrangements in Gelsenkirchen after chaotic scenes before and after Sunday night’s Euro 2024 match against Serbia.

England will play their last-16 match in the same city on June 30 if they top their group, and the Free Lions Fan Embassy group said “dramatically enhanced provisions” would need to be put in place.

The group reported issues with transport from fan zones and the city centre to the stadium, and from the stadium back to the city afterwards.

“There is a very real prospect that England could return to this venue for the Round of 16 on June 30th – another Sunday evening fixture,” the statement read.

“Although kick-off on that occasion would be at 6pm, there would also be the possibility of extra time and penalties, and another late departure in darkness.

“It is clear to us that an urgent and thorough review of arrangements is needed before that event, with lessons learnt and dramatically enhanced provisions put in place. The initial defensive response of authorities locally suggests a complacency out of sync with what was required.”

Uefa and the local organising committee have been contacted for comment.

 

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