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Cardiff Irish pub bans English fans from watching Wales match to create 'safe' atmosphere

An Irish pub in Cardiff has banned English fans from watching tonight’s crunch World Cup fixture between Wales and England. Popular chain pub O’Neill’s has said English fans are not welcome for the “safety and comfort” of pub patrons in the Welsh capital.

O’Neill’s said it had taken the decision due to the expected “extreme levels of passion and support” that will be displayed during the game, Wales Online reported. 

The match will be the two countries’ first ever meeting at a football World Cup.

O’Neill’s, a popular pub near Cardiff railway station in the city centre, said they want to create a “safe atmosphere” for Wales fans, so are therefore banning English supporters from entering.

A spokesperson for the pub confirmed: “For the safety and comfort of all our team and guests, we have taken the decision to be a ‘Home Fan Zone’ tomorrow evening.”

The spokesperson added: “We will only be allowing supporters of the Welsh team into the business.

“The extreme levels of passion and support on show for this particular game are like nothing we have ever seen before, and we want everyone to enjoy it in a safe and friendly atmosphere. 

“Many thanks for your understanding, and we look forward to watching a great game. Cymru am Byth!”

There have already been violent clashes between England and Wales fans in advance of the game. In Tenerife, holidaying fans were caught on video fighting, with chairs and punches thrown in the street. 

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England and Wales’ bumper World Cup showdown is scheduled to kick off at 7pm GMT on Tuesday, November 29. 

The match will be played at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al-Rayyan. 

With the match due to get underway at 7pm GMT, free-to-air coverage will start at 6pm GMT live on BBC One. Fans can also stream the game live on BBC iPlayer and via the BBC Sport website. 

Alternatively, keep up to date with England and Wales’ World Cup clash by tuning into Express Sport‘s live blog, which will begin in the lead-up to kick-off. 



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