POLICE TO LET ENGLAND FANS SMOKE DOPE
ENGLAND fans will be allowed to smoke dope before Sunday's crunch clash
with France -- to keep them calm.
Cops in Lisbon plan to crack down on drunk supporters while turning a blind
eye to those spotted puffing on a spliff.
Pot-smoking fans have been assured they will not be arrested, cautioned --
or even have their drugs confiscated.
Last night experts said the Portuguese police's "Here We Blow" policy would
reduce chances of a punch-up between rival fans.
Alan Buffry of the Legalise Cannabis Alliance said: "If people are drinking
they lose control, if they smoke cannabis they don't.
"Alcohol makes fans fight. But cannabis smokers will be shaking hands and
singing along together."
Dutch police used a similar policy in Euro 2000 and England's hooligan
element were too stoned to fight.
A Lisbon police spokeswoman said: "If people cause a problem through drugs
and become a menace then police will take action. But when this doesn't
happen why should the police be the ones making the fuss?"
More than 600 officers will be on duty for England's opening group game at
Lisbon's Stadium of Light.
Fans who seem to be drunk may be breath-tested and refused entry.