Football World Cup


18 Nov 2022

The football World Cup kicked off in Qatar on Sunday (20 November), and while this may be an unusual tournament due to the time of year, one thing remains consistent – our dedication in ensuring the safety of the public.

Superintendent Lee Edwards said: “We want everyone – football fans or otherwise – to feel safe throughout the tournament.

“We know international football tournaments can provide great scenes as large sections of the country come together to show their support for their favourite teams.”

Unfortunately, events like these can lead to behaviour that spoils the atmosphere for the majority.

Superintendent Edwards continued: “I would ask everyone to drink responsibly and consider their behaviour throughout this tournament, especially as we are entering Christmas party season.

“Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to antisocial behaviour or public order offences. Officers and staff will be patrolling hotspot areas to reassure all those out for a good time, and to tackle the minority whose behaviour spoils the great atmosphere for others.

“I am asking people to drink responsibly and to not be a drain on our resources because you have had too much to drink.

“We also know that instances of domestic abuse rise during tournaments such as these and there is never an excuse for this.

“I would urge anyone that suspects someone they know is suffering abuse to please call us on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

“There are many domestic abuse support services across the region that you can contact in the strictest confidence. If you suspect a loved one, neighbour, colleague or friend is suffering in silence, you can report your suspicions to us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. We will deal with each case thoroughly and sensitively.

“I hope the World Cup will provide some great moments for us all, but we will deal robustly with those in our region who take it too far.

“You can expect firm, fair and friendly policing. We are not out to spoil people’s fun, but we will not tolerate criminal behaviour.”

Domestic abuse support services:

East Riding

  • Domestic Violence Abuse Project (DVAP): 01482 396368


North Lincolnshire

  • Blue Door Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support: 0800 197 4787

North East Lincolnshire

  • Women’s Aid NEL (support­ing men and women) 01472 575757 or email support­
  • Blue Door Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support 0800 197 4787

Alternately speak to your GP or your local Social Services.

Or contact us on 101, or 999 in an emergency.