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World Cup outrage: England fans singing Brexit songs during Belgium clash face PUNISHMENT

ENGLAND World Cup fans have been warned not to sing songs about Brexit during this week's match against Belgium by FIFA bosses.

Football's governing body said the FA could be punished if Three Lions fans are caught signing pro-Brexit chants during Thursday's match.

FIFA fears the crucial Group G match against Belgium could be fraught with politicial tension as the UK's exit from the EU edges closer.

Belgium's capital Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union and is at the centre of Brexit negotiations.

A FIFA spokesman warned fans against "displaying insulting or political slogans" or "uttering insulting words or sounds" during the tournament.
He added: "Of course, there is a risk of some kind of punishment to the FA."

The match will coincide with a crucial EU summit in Brussels where Theresa May is hoping to push negotiations forward.

Brexiteer Nigel Farage hit out at FIFA's warning and insisted most England fans have "behaved very well" so far.
Speaking on his LBC radio show, the MEP said: "If we score goals against Belgium, the fans are going to be chanting Brexit.

"And if Belgium beat us, they are going to say we are a complete bunch of losers and they are pleased we are leaving.

"For goodness sake FIFA, let people have a bit of fun. The idea that the FA could be fined if people turn up with Brexit banners – come on.

"There's a big difference between having a bit of fun and being genuinely insulting. I hope the fans have a great evening."

Scores of England fans chanted songs about Brexit during Euro 2016, held in France, in the days before the EU referendum.

They sang: "F*** off Europe, we're all voting out", which morphed into "F*** off Europe, we all voted out" following the referendum.

Others chanted: "Sit down in you hate the French" during violent clashes with French police officers during the 2016 tournament.

But these anti-Europe chants have not been repeated at the World Cup, with England having yet to play another EU member state.

England will go into Thursday's match at the top of Group G after thrashing Panama 6-1 yesterday, with captain Harry Kane scoring a hat-trick.

European Council president Donald Tusk even made reference to the result as he met Theresa May at Downing Street for Brexit talks today.

In a jibe at the UK, he warned that the Brexit negotiations would be tougher than the game against the Central American minnows.

Mr Tusk joked: "Unfortunately we are dealing with something much more difficult than the game against Panama."

Last week, the FA condemned an online video appearing to show England fans singing an anti-Semitic song at the World Cup.

The footage appeared to show two men giving Nazi salutes in a Russian bar in Volgograd, the city where England beat Tunisia 2-1.

A spokesman for the FA said: "We strongly condemn the actions of the people in this video.

"The disgraceful conduct of the individuals in this video does not represent the values of the majority of English football fans supporting the team in Russia."

Police investigating the clip served three men with notices under the 1989 Football Spectators Act. (Express UK)

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