World Cup 2018: FA confirm investigation with British police into video of England fans performing Nazi salutes

Samuel Lovett
The Independent

The Football Association are working alongside British police to investigate an online video that appears to show England fans performing Nazi salutes at the World Cup in Russia.

The video was reportedly filmed in a bar in Volgograd on the same night England played their World Cup opener against Tunisia.

In the footage, fans can be seen raising their arms in salute and chanting anti-Semitic songs. The incident has marred what was an otherwise uneventful evening that passed with no violence nor arrests.

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In a statement released on Wednesday, night the FA condemned the English fans for their actions.

“We strongly condemn the actions of the people in this video,” the statement read.

“We are working with the relevant authorities, including the UK police investigations team, who are making inquiries to identify the individuals involved and take appropriate action.

“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.”

Ahead of the match, England fans were warned not to hang St George’s flags on monuments in Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, and to show their respects to a city that witnessed one of the deadliest battles of the Second World War.

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