Cops apologise after being filmed joining in with banned England chant at pub

Police have been forced to apologise after a revealing video emerged showing officers 'joining in' with England fans singing a banned football chant outside a Walsall pub.

West Midlands Police have said they are 'sorry for any offence caused' after at least one officer was seen taking part in the 'disrespectful' Ten German Bombers song outside The Registry in Walsall on Wednesday, July 7, BirminghamLive reports.

In the footage, an officer can be heard shushing the excited crowd outside the Leicester Street-based boozer before shouting: "HOW MANY BOMBERS?"

The Three Lion supporters then continue the chant as the unnamed cop throws his arms up in the air.

Another female officer can also be seen seemingly encouraging the singing crowd with arm movements.

It comes as the Football Association said it would ban anyone taking part in 'discriminatory or disrespectful' chants at Wembley.

The governing body added it would 'take action where appropriate' but may struggle as supporters have to wear masks.

The singing of Ten German Bombers at Wembley during the Croatia game was branded an 'ultra-nationalist' song and was referenced in an official report submitted to Uefa by the FARE network, which operates the governing body’s anti-discrimination monitoring system.

The FA said: “We always encourage our fans to positively get behind the team, and this includes supporting England in the right way, before, during and after the match. This message will be shared with them once again before Tuesday’s fixture, as well as thanking them for their support.

“We will also strongly condemn any behaviour at Wembley Stadium that is discriminatory or disrespectful, and we will take action where appropriate as we try to ensure all England matches are a safe and enjoyable experience.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said of the Walsall footage: "We apologise for any offence caused by the celebrations in Walsall on Wednesday night.

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"While our officers joined in with the best of intentions, we realise that the song being sung is banned by the FA and extremely distasteful.

"We are currently assessing the incident and will be speaking to the officers involved to address it, and ensure they understand the impact.

"After reaching the final of the Euros we are grateful to everyone who has conducted themselves responsibly and respectfully, and we look forward to the final on Sunday evening."

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