999 calls spike at World Cup final whistle as violence flares

By Alex Ross | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Emergency calls to West Midlands Ambulance Service doubled after England were knocked out of the World Cup, with numerous assaults and fights reported.

West Midlands Ambulance Service faced a huge rise in calls at the final whistle

The service said it received 240 calls in the hour after the final whistle.

It compared to 120 in the previous hour, when the game was on.

West Midlands Ambulance Service's assistant chief ambulance officer Nathan Hudson said: "It has been a really disappointing evening regarding the football and since the football has ended we have seen a large amount of fights and disturbances and people consuming a large amounts of alcohol which has caused them to be intoxicated.

"Our call volumes have increased significantly since the final whistle."

The service then tweeted: "It’s been a disappointing night already, please don’t make it worse by doing something you might regret for the rest of your life.

"Lots of calls coming in for fights and other incidents leaving people injured when they didn’t need to be."

"Our England team have been gracious in defeat, fans should be too. Respect."


Metropolitan Police also urged people to behave following the loss.

The force said: "Although it's a disappointing result, we are asking people to act responsibly and avoid any criminal behaviour.

"Any acts of vandalism such as damage to vehicles will be thoroughly investig

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