FA calls on fans to continue positive support of the England team at Wembley
England v Republic of Ireland
8pm, Wednesday 29 May 2013
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As we prepare to welcome our neighbours Republic of Ireland to Wembley on Wednesday, The FA and the England Team asks all fans to respect our opponents and not chant songs – particularly of a religious or political nature – which could be regarded as insulting to our visitors or fellow fans.
Why shouldn’t people sing ‘No Surrender’?
The phrase dates back many years and is associated with pro-Protestant, anti Catholic sentiment. More recently the phrase has been used with reference to the IRA and has also been adopted by extreme right wing groups in Britain.
Based on this historical background, it is clear that this is not a football based chant and we call on fans not to sing it.
What could happen to the England team and fans if it were to be sung?
The reputation of England fans has developed into something we all should be very proud of, but sadly, this can be undone very quickly by a minority.
Friendly matches come under the jurisdiction of FIFA, which has a strict disciplinary code that applies to the behaviour of supporters. If breached, FIFA can impose sanctions ranging from anything between a fine and expulsion from a competition.
FIFA’s disciplinary code also provides for stadium bans for supporters of at least two years.
What have the FA done to prevent offensive chanting and singing of 'No Surrender'?
Over recent weeks, The FA has provided extensive messaging on this subject to England fans, particularly those attending the match. This has been done via the mass media and through its own communication channels.
England Manager Roy Hodgson has made a specific request to all supporters not to chant songs of a political or religious nature during the game in his matchday programme notes.
The Manager will write to all English ticket holders via email (this will be sent next Tuesday 28 March).
What work does The FA do to create an inclusive environment for supporters?
The FA has worked closely with supporters groups over the past decade to protect the excellent reputation of English fans, particularly when travelling overseas.
English football is valued around the world for its standards of fair play and our official supporters club, englandfans, has a code of conduct which is based on respect for the game, the opposition players and fans.
The club is inclusive for all, with a zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and supporters who witness any form of discrimination are encouraged to report it straight away.
We thank you for your support.