The Swiss city of Bern has given 3,500 of its locals a course in how to deal with Dutch football fans, according to an article in the AD newspaper.
The Dutch national team plays its three group matches at this summer’s European championships in Bern, which is bracing itself for an Orange invasion – up to 40,000 fans by some estimates.
The paper says the course teaches police officers, taxi drivers and café and bar staff to be ‘nice’ to the Dutch and to react with understanding if they become unmanageable. ‘It [the course] is necessary,’ mayor Alexander Tschäppät, tells the paper. ‘Not everyone is friendly and we would like the Dutch to feel so at home that they come back’.
But the paper points out that not everyone in the picturesque city is looking forward to the arrival of the Dutch fans. ‘I hope they behave. I have read that they sometimes urinate against buildings. Is that really true?’ asks baker Alexandra.
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