England fans face ban on singing as Qatari cops clamp down on chanting

Gary Lineker hits out at BBC over past World Cup coverage

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England fans could have their Qatari parade rained on as local police have reportedly been asked to clamp down on loud chanting in public. Thousands of supporters have made the trek over to the Middle East to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s side, who got their World Cup campaign off to a flying start on Monday. 

Even the most ambitious England fan may not have expected a six-goal showing against Iran, who beat Uruguay and drew with Senegal in the lead-up to the tournament. But two goals from Bukayo Saka and a superb performance from Jude Bellingham contributed towards the handsome 6-2 victory, which was roared on by travelling supporters. 

The Three Lions faithful were also in fine voice when Ecuador beat Qatar in the tournament’s curtain-raiser on Sunday. That came much to the annoyance of some locals who, according to The Daily Mail, asked local cops to intervene and do something about the noise. 

Patrolling officers subsequently warned fans to keep the noise down, which could raise concerns among England fans who face being silenced after shelling out for a trip to see international football’s most prestigious tournament. 

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