Euro 2016: England and Wales fans given alcohol ban in Lens

Euro 2016: England v Wales
England and Wales last met in a Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley

England and Wales fans will not be allowed to drink alcohol on the streets of Lens before and after their Euro 2016 game because of a 24-hour ban.

The Group B tie takes place in the French city at 14:00 BST on Thursday, 16 June and will be live on the BBC.

The ban will run from 06:00 local time on Thursday until 06:00 on Friday, with French authorities searching cars travelling into Lens for alcohol.

Fans without tickets for the match or fan zone have been told not to travel.

Alcohol will only be allowed in the fan zone.

British police have told ticketless supporters to go to Lille, or another city with a fan zone, to watch the game.

Every game in Lens will have the same alcohol restriction.

So the ban will be in place for the Albania v Switzerland, and the Czech Republic v Turkey group games, as well as a round-of-16 match.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland are all competing in the 24-team tournament, which is being held across France between 10 June and 10 July.

Police expect between 350,000 and 500,000 supporters to travel from the United Kingdom to the tournament.

There were about 250,000 tickets sold to UK residents from 1.6m applications.

"There is no excuse for violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour at football matches," said Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for football policing.

"Troublemakers will be dealt with by French police in line with their laws and can expect a banning order on return to the UK."

British police plan to act as "cultural interpreters" to prevent heavy-handed tactics against drunk and rowdy fans who may not cause serious trouble.

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