FOOTBALL fans have been warned against mocking first century stonecutter Marinus of Arbe as England prepares to face San Marino.“Boo”
A frenzied capacity crowd is expected at Wembley Stadium as England renew their fierce rivalry against San Marino, but fans have been reminded not to let their emotions get out of control.
Police spokesman Tom Logan said: Theres always a tense atmosphere whenever San Marino are in town, but we are hoping the game will pass off without the ugly scenes that have marred past encounters.
We will be adopting a zero tolerance policy towards anyone chanting about San Marino being landlocked or making derogatory remarks about their traditional multi-layered cakes.
Our advice to the Sammarinese community in London tonight is to all gather in one house and stay there.”
The last time the two sides met, England won 8-0 in San Marino and jubilant fans went on a rampage which ended when they sheepishly realised they had crossed the border into Italy.
England fan Wayne Hayes said: Im not a violent person, but I just hate their enclaved micro state so much, it makes me crazy. They love looking down on other countries from their picturesque hilltop castles.”
However few people in San Marino have heard of England, with a recent survey showing most residents believe it is part of Scotland.