England fans warned over chants ahead of Ireland friendly - report

The English football governing body has reportedly issued fans with a warning over provocative chanting when England welcome Ireland to Wembley in May
The Football Association (FA) has warned England supporters not to chant 'No Surrender' when the Republic of Ireland visits Wembley in May.

England host the Boys in Green in an international friendly on May 29 at Wembley, in what will be the first meeting between the sides since 1995 at Lansdowne Road.

The game in 1995 was abandoned after 27 minutes due to crowd trouble emanating from the away section, which resulted in damage to the stadium, while several supporters were injured during the disturbance.

And according to a report in the Daily Telegraph, in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the trouble, the FA has urged its supporters to cease chants of "No Surrender to the IRA" during international games.

A spokesman for England supporters, Mark Perryman, said that he did not understand the FA's statement and suggested that it may only exacerbate tensions.

"What I find extraordinary is the statement about 'No surrender' has been linked to the alleged racist chanting," Perryman told the Telegraph. "I can't understand why the FA have suddenly launched into it without offering any explanation.

"They have now drawn attention to it and when you tell someone not to chant something, the chances are that more people will chant it."

Meanwhile, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) will ask for rules on alcohol consumption to be eased during international games, according to the Sunday Independent.

The FAI recently appeared before Irish Parliament alongside other Irish sporting bodies to argue against the banning of sponsorship from alcohol-base products in Irish sports.