Euro 2016: England and Wales fans told to avoid Lens if they don’t have tickets

The Euro 2016 clash between England and Wales has given French authorities a headache

England manager Roy Hodgson Photo: Football.ua

Euro 2016 is only around the corner and as such a wealth of football fans from all over the continent are finalising their plans to travel to France for the competition.

As always, a travelling army of British fans is guaranteed, with two tribes urged not to go to war when England met Wales in Lens on June 16.

According to a survey by French website allovoyages.fr, the clash between Roy Hodgson and Chris Coleman’s men is currently the most expensive group game to buy tickets for – with the least expensive ticket a cool €429.

With the Stade Bollaert-Delelis having a modest capacity of just over 38,000, it is understandable that the demand for tickets is so high.

This will leave a lot of England and Wales fans without access to the game in Lens – which has provided the French authorities with an issue to deal with.

With Lens lacking facilities, ticketless supporters have been told not to visit the city while the game is on as there will be few places to watch the game, nowhere to stay and an alcohol ban in place.

These supporters are being advised to head to neighbouring Lille, where a much larger fanzone and increased facilities are available to house and accommodate the fans.

With security measures in France expected to be on an extraordinary scale for the tournament, England’s clash with Wales is also one of the fixtures being highlighted as having the capacity for fan violence or anti-social behaviour.

As such, a 24-hour alcohol ban will be in place on the day of the game, with vehicles entering Lens subject to being searched and buses to take supporters to the stadium.

England’s opening game with Russia in Marseille is another that has been identified as having the potential for trouble, with the authorities promising a no-nonsense approach in dealing with offenders.

So, the message for England and Wales fans is clear: be on your best behaviour and if you don’t have a ticket for the game on June 16, it’s not worth your while going to Lens.

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