ALCOHOL is no excuse for bad behaviour during Euro 2024.

That’s the message from Dorset Police as the force urges residents to not let their emotions get the better of them during this summer’s tournament.

Euro 2024 kicked off on Friday, June 14, with England’s first game taking place tonight, Sunday, June 16, against Serbia.

The force said while it expects pubs to be busy, this should happen in a ‘safe and responsible manner’.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “Everyone is always excited to follow the national team’s progress and many will be making plans to watch matches with friends and family. However, the police are being clear that alcohol is not an excuse for bad behaviour, win, lose or draw.

“Alcohol can and will change people’s behaviour. With emotions running high, things can easily go from friendly banter to something more aggressive.”

The force said, while no-one can control the final score, people can end the night on your terms by drinking responsibly and putting their safety and that of others first.

The spokesperson added: “There is a potential for drivers to still be over the limit the morning, too. Many still do not realise how long it takes for alcohol to be out of your system.

“A morning coffee isn’t the answer, the only solution is time. So please take the time to think about how you’ll be getting home after the final whistle.”