More officers will be on patrol in King’s Lynn town centre this weekend. Picture: Ian Burt

Norfolk Police are urging football fans to “behave appropriately and respect others” and have warned any abusive behaviour “will not be tolerated”.

Officers have said they want supporters to enjoy matches during the UEFA Euro 2021 tournament, which kicks off Friday, but are reminding people to celebrate safely and responsibly.

Chief Superintendent David Buckley said: “We have lived through extraordinary times. I know how tough the last 12 months have been for everyone and the Euros will give us the opportunity to focus on something positive.

“If previous tournaments are anything to go by, these occasions can provide moments of intense joy and excitement as well as disappointment – both are integral to the experience.

“But this is not an excuse to allow those emotions to spill over into anti-social behaviour, hurting other people or damaging property. Any abusive behaviour on any level will not be tolerated – whatever the time of year and whatever the occasion.

“So, while it’s a cause for celebration, I also want to stress that we will use all necessary resources to prevent disruption and will take a hard line against those who choose to be aggressive and are intent on causing trouble. Stick to the health regulations, stay safe and respect each other.”

Supporters are reminded to stick to social distancing, be drink-aware, keep phones and wallets safe and plan ahead on how to get home at the end of the evening.

A police spokesman said officers will be giving extra support to residents and businesses at match times – offering firm but fair and friendly policing. Officers have written to, and have been working with, licensees who intend to show Euro 2021 games in order to maintain the safety of customers and staff.

“The public can be reassured that officers are well-versed in policing major events and, where required, will be patrolling trouble spots,” the spokesman added.