British police ‘peacekeepers’ to travel to Qatar World Cup to keep fans out of trouble

British police ‘peacekeepers’ will travel to Qatar in an attempt to keep fans out of trouble at the World Cup by drinking alcohol outside fan areas, swearing and publicly testifying their affection, all of which can lead to arrest.

  • British police ‘peacekeepers’ set to be in place during Qatar World Cup
  • Specialist British officers will intervene to ‘calm down’ fans at risk of breaking the law
  • Britain sends a contingent of 15 police officers to help fans avoid confrontation

British police ‘peacekeepers’ are deployed in Qatar to help rowdy football fans avoid arrest at the World Cup.

Specialized British officers will intervene to “calm down” supporters who risk breaking strict morality laws.

Consuming alcohol outside fan zones, swearing and showing affection in public are all offenses that can lead to arrest in this hardline Islamic country.

British police ‘peacekeepers’ are deployed in Qatar to help football fans avoid arrest

Qatar is hiring hardened police from Pakistan and Turkey to help enforce law and order during the tournament, which begins on November 20.

And for the first time at a World Cup, Britain is sending a contingent of 15 police officers to help fans avoid confrontation with security forces. These peacekeepers – known as “supporter engagement officers” – will act as intermediaries in an attempt to “de-escalate” situations.

Around 7,000 England and Wales fans are expected to travel to Qatar and another 20,000 British expats live in the country.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts says supporter engagement officers will act as a

Chief Constable Mark Roberts says supporter engagement officers will act as a ‘smiley face’

British police chiefs have spent months talking to authorities in the Gulf state to plan a smooth tournament, including telling their counterparts that “noisy” England fans are not necessarily aggressive.

Chief Constable Mark Roberts, head of the National Council of Chief Constables on Football Policing, said: “The Qataris looked at different styles of policing and we explained our view on how to work with football fans. football and what we think works.

“If you’re a local officer and you have a crowd of 1,000 people, who may or may not be drinking, singing in a different language, just because people are loud and bouncing doesn’t mean there’s aggression. ”

Consumption of alcohol outside fan zones, swearing and public displays of affection are offenses that can lead to arrest in Qatar

Consumption of alcohol outside fan zones, swearing and public displays of affection are offenses that can lead to arrest in Qatar

He said the role of the supporter engagement officers, who are all experienced British football police, would be to act as a “smiley face” who can talk sense to supporters before trouble starts.

The police chief stressed that British officers would have no jurisdiction or powers of arrest in Qatar and would act in a purely advisory role.

He added: “We expect the majority to be genuine football fans who go there to enjoy the games.” We’re definitely not going to be the morality police, but will just be there to say “Calm down” to any fans who bring too much attention to themselves.

“It’s a very different culture and we’re eager to help out fans who may inadvertently cause trouble.”

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