England Fans Who Smuggle Cocaine Into World Cup Could Face The Death Penalty
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England fans who try and smuggle drugs into Qatar for the World Cup could face the death penalty.
The Three Lions will be heading for the tournament later this year and supporters have been warned about their behaviour ahead of kick off.
Last summer, the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium between England and Italy saw huge drunk and drugged-up crowds pile onto the streets of London, causing chaos.
Hoards of ticketless fans also stormed the turnstiles to get into the match, with over 20 people being arrested by the Metropolitan Police.
Fans thinking of taking drugs to Qatar have been warned that they could find themselves in serious trouble should they be caught in possession of illegal substances, such as cocaine.
According to Law No. 9 of 1987 on Control and Regulation of Control and Regulation of Narcotic Drugs and Dangerous Psychotropic Substances, people who smuggle drugs into the country face 20 years in prison and a fine of between 100,000 (£21,349) and 300,000 riyals (£64,047).
Repeat offenders, however, could be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The UK government has also warned travellers about the stringent laws in Qatar and the security measures that are in place upon entering.
On the government website, it states: "There is zero tolerance for drugs-related offences. The penalties for the use of, trafficking, smuggling and possession of drugs (even residual amounts) are severe.
"Punishment can include lengthy custodial sentences, heavy fines and deportation. Many people transit via Hamad International Airport on their way to other destinations.
"The airport makes use of the latest security technology, all bags are scanned and transiting passengers carrying even residual amounts of drugs may be arrested."
"Some prescribed and over the counter medicines may be controlled substances in Qatar.
"If you need to bring in controlled/prescription medication into Qatar, ensure you carry your official doctor’s prescription, hospital note or a letter from your GP, detailing the drug, the quantity prescribed and dosage.
"This note or letter should also be signed by the doctor / consultant and stamped by the hospital or surgery."
Chief Constable Mark Roberts is the National Police Chief Council’s lead for Football Policing.
He said UK police will be working with the authorities in Qatar to catch any traffickers at the tournament.
He told the Daily Star: "Any fans seen to be misbehaving could also be subject to a football banning order on their return to the UK, as well as being arrested and potentially charged for offences committed in Qatar."