Football fans warned to behave in Ukraine and Poland

Dutch football fans are being given a special booklet drawn up by the Dutch football association and foreign ministry with dos and don’ts for June’s European football championships in Poland and Ukraine.

In particular, motorists should be aware that there is a zero tolerance approach to drink-driving, the booklet warns.
Gay supporters should also recognise that attitudes to open homosexuality are not as tolerant as back home, the booklet says. ‘We are not telling people how to behave,’ said spokeswoman Renska Bruinsma in the Telegraaf. ‘See it as a travel guide.’
The booklet also warns the use of marijuana in Ukraine could get the user a hefty jail term.
Consular staff
The foreign affairs ministry is sending extra consular staff to both countries to deal with any eventual problems affecting the thousands of Oranje fans expected to follow the Dutch national squad’s fortunes.
The Dutch group B campaign kicks off against Denmark on June 9, followed by Germany on June 13. The tournament runs from June 8 to July 1.

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