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Sunday 4 December 2016

English FA warn fans travelling to Dublin to be on best behaviour

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

The English FA will email all 3,000 England fans travelling to Dublin on June 7, appealing for good behaviour and warning that any repeat of the "f--- the IRA" chant risks individual bans and, for England, sanctions from Fifa.

Roy Hodgson (pictured) and his players will reinforce their FA's message, urging fans to refrain from provocative chanting during the friendly with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

In an internal FA memo detailing its plans for Dublin, the organisation acknowledges "a distinct deterioration in England fan behaviour" recently.

So far this season, 18 members of the England Supporters Travel Club have been suspended and another 46 "officially warned" about "inappropriate behaviour".

These were mainly in relation to incidents during the August Euro 2016 qualifier in Basel with Switzerland and the March friendly with Italy in Turin.

As England prepare to visit Dublin for the first time since right-wing fans rioted here in 1995, the FA is engaged in an unprecedented security operation including a centralised ticket collection point, a "passport surrender" for those subject to banning orders.

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