Local councils across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and the police are supporting a campaign urging people not to get carried away with their World Cup celebrations.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group is supporting the ‘Do you know the score’ campaign which aims to highlight the anti-social behaviour excessive drinking or victory parties can cause in communities.
Joe Orson county council cabinet member for community safety, said: “We want to encourage people to behave respectfully whenever and wherever they’re supporting their teams."
“It’s important that we keep to the carnival spirit of this World Cup but we also need to consider people around us when we’re celebrating. We don’t want anyone getting a red card because they get carried away.”
As well as this message the ASB Delivery Group partners will be speaking to young people about the best places for them to emulate their footballing heroes.
The group will be ensuring that the campaign focuses on local pubs and places where matches will be shown alongside relevant community areas.
Superintendent Martyn Ball, anti-social behaviour lead for Leicestershire Police, said: “We want people to enjoy the World Cup, because it’s about coming together and celebrating a great sport.
“We didn’t have any issues during the last World Cup or in Euro 2012 and we’d like that to continue. Regardless of whether you’re going out or staying in, drink responsibly and think about your actions.
“We don’t want to have to go down the enforcement route, but we will of course have to if people choose to act irresponsibly.”
The ASB delivery group has continued to highlight the benefits of being tolerant and respectful to your neighbours if you have World Cup BBQs and parties. Your neighbours are less likely to have a problem with parties if you tell them in advance. Always try to be respectful towards your neighbours and encourage your guests to do the same.
For more information on the campaign visit: http://www.leics.gov.uk/asb
Anyone who wants to report anti-social behaviour in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland can call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
* Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines. ** Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call.