FOOTBALL fans are being urged to drink sensibly and stay ‘onside of the law’ during the World Cup.
Thames Valley Police has teamed up with Hampshire Constabulary for the Watch Your Game initiative, in a bid to clamp down on alcohol-related violence, domestic abuse and drink driving.
Officers will be conducting drink and drug operations, with every driver involved in a collision being breathalysed as a matter of course.
Extra patrols will also be carried out around pubs during World Cup games.
PC Jon Little said: “The 2014 World Cup is about to start and there are high hopes for the England team.
“Although the tournament is taking place in Brazil, there will be a huge interest and supporters of all nations will be following the tournament.
“TVP will be putting extra resources in place to help support LPAs with any increase in incidents related to the football.
"Plans are in place to conduct high visibility patrols in night time economy areas during World Cup matches.
"We are all hoping that people watching the games do so in the celebratory spirit that is intended during the World Cup, but we have all experienced what can happen when alcohol, football and national pride are combined, and we will have resources in place should any issues occur."
Police will be using #WatchYourGame on Twitter during the World Cup.