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Pro-Brexit Chants Could Mean Trouble at World Cup

FIFA could punish England if fans chant pro-Brexit songs at Thursday's game versus Belgium
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2018 6:30 PM CDT
England fans chant during the group G match between England and Panama   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

(Newser) – England could face punishment if fans at the World Cup chant insulting pro-Brexit sentiments, FIFA has said. Per the Telegraph, rules against “insulting or political slogans” and “uttering insulting words or sounds” at the biggest event in soccer might mean sanctions against the team should fans veer from the diplomatic at the upcoming match against Belgium. The match will be the first for England against a European Union opponent in this year's World Cup, which is itself the first since the UK voted to leave the EU. What's more, Belgium is home to the EU's de facto capital in Brussels. The Times of London is reporting that Thursday's match has been dubbed the "Brexit derby," suggesting it could hark back to the 2016 European Championship in Marseille, where a few England fans chanted "F--- off, Europe" during a series of riots in the days leading up to the Brexit vote. (Read more World Cup stories.)

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