Sadly, these England fans probably think they are doing their country proud

For the fans who brought poison to Porto, following England abroad seems to be more about occupation than celebration

By the time Porto’s rush-hour commuters were bustling along the Avenida dos Aliados on Thursday morning the only evidence of the previous night’s mayhem was the faint whiff of cheap lager. Every shard of every broken bottle hurled by England fans had been swept up. Every inch of the fan zone, where riot police had charged as the atmosphere turned nasty, was scrubbed and polished. The stain on England’s supporters’ reputation, however, will be far harder to remove.

Since the 2006 World Cup, fan zones have been a place for supporters of all countries to unite in a shared love of football. But those England fans who lobbed bottles at locals – many of whom were families with children – took what was beautiful and poisoned it. Just like they have done so many times before.

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