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England fans slammed after banned chant sung before Euro 2024 in Germany

England in action against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Newcastle's St James' Park
-Credit: (Image: Matt McNulty - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)


England supporters have been slammed for chanting a banned World War Two song during their 3-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday night.

A section of the England fanbase could be heard singing a song which references the infamous conflict with Germany. It depicts how the RAF 'shot down' German planes during the war.

Footage from Newcastle United's St James' Park concourse on Monday night circulated online with supporters singing the offensive song. This led to several people criticising their behaviour on social media.

In March 2017, the FA imposed bans on a section of the England Supporters Travel Club following 'unacceptable behaviour' and the singing of the song during the friendly with Germany in Dortmund. A statement at the time read: "We have been working closely with the relevant authorities to identify a number of individuals, some of whom have already been suspended from the England Supporters Travel Club and will now be pursued by the UK Football Policing Unit and potentially be subject to a Football Banning Order.

"To date, 34 members have been investigated for their behaviour by The FA, some of whom have now been banned from the membership. Investigations are still ongoing which may result in further sanctions. As you will be aware, The FA has consistently urged fans to follow England in a positive way and we will continue to work hard to try to ensure a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all supporters."

The Three Lions head to Germany this summer for the European Championships. It is understood the FA has warned those attending the tournament about the likelihood of bans being issued if they are identified as one of those chanting.