England Fans Set Up Fundraisers For Taxi And Ambulance Damaged In Celebrations

There was always going to be carnage after England's historic win against Sweden on Saturday, which saw them through to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Unfortunately, there was also always going to be some fans that took it too far - that was the case in Nottingham, where a taxi was smashed to bits by a number of fans jumping on it.

Luckily, others have shown that such behaviour is just limited to a mindless few. One local woman set up a JustGiving page to raise funds to help support the taxi driver and his family.

Chelsea Reason, 26, of Long Eaton, said she was disgusted when she saw the footage online of several men jumping on the car and smashing it and felt she had to do something to help.

On the fundraising page, Mrs Reason said: "As many of you may have seen, in Nottingham after the England game a taxi was smashed up and badly damaged.

"I have spoken to the taxi firm, the taxi driver is luckily OK and at home but the taxi cannot be used for a while. This means that this innocent gentleman cannot even go to work to provide for his family!

"Please help me to help prove that we're not all thugs, let's show people how to be proud to be English again!"

She said the money would go towards supporting the taxi driver while he is out of work - you can donate here.

The scenes of destruction were by no means limited to the East Midlands, however.

In London, an ambulance's windscreen was smashed while the officer was attending a call nearby, leading to it being taken off road for repairs.

Millwall Supporters' Club have also set up a fundraising page to help pay for the repairs.

They said all money would go to the local ambulance service, whose vehicle suffered the damage, if the insurance paid for the repairs.

Elsewhere, Lancashire and West Midlands Police received their highest number of 999 calls ever over a 24-hour period, while Devon and Cornwall Police had double the amount of police logs on the day of the game than they had on New Year's Eve.

The Dorset Police Dogs Twitter page also criticised the 'idiots' who just went out to get drunk and 'shouted at a police dog for being German'.

A branch of Swedish furniture chain IKEA was also targeted, with fans invading the store, chanting and jumping on the beds.

Although tainted by a small number of people taking things too far, fans across the country were celebrating after the game which was watched by almost 20 million people.

It's coming home - let's just take it a bit easier, eh?

Words: Nathan Standley

Featured Image Credit: London Ambulance / Twitter / Viral Press

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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