Supporters’ band to play on after Euro 2012 chiefs give green light

Undated Handout of the Pukka Pies England Band outside Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture issued: Tuesday June 12, 2012. England's travelling band have admitted there may be little that can be done to avoid having their gear confiscated again during Euro 2012. See PA Story SOCCER England Band. Photo credit should read: Macesport/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated Handout of the Pukka Pies England Band outside Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture issued: Tuesday June 12, 2012. England's travelling band have admitted there may be little that can be done to avoid having their gear confiscated again during Euro 2012. See PA Story SOCCER England Band. Photo credit should read: Macesport/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s England supporters band will play on after being given assurances they would be allowed into the remaining games at Euro 2012.

After driving 2,800 miles to Donetsk for Monday’s Group D opener with France and being granted admittance to the Donbass Arena, the band were stunned when security staff confiscated their instruments.

Although they were handed back after the 1-1 draw, the band left for Kiev with no guarantee they would have any more luck at tomorrow’s encounter with Sweden.

However, following representations by the Football Association, UEFA have confirmed the band will be allowed into the game.

Although the band’s presence is not welcomed by all England fans, on Friday it might be important given Sweden’s following is expected to dwarf the Three Lions’.

A spokesman for band sponsor Pukka Pies said: “We are delighted UEFA have seen sense on this matter and the band can carry on banging the drum for England.

And band representative John Hemmingham, from Stannington, said: “It’s the best news possible. We were gutted to have driven 2,800 miles only to have our instruments confiscated.

“Our sponsors gave us the good news yesterday morning and we are delighted to have the chance to create the best possible atmosphere for England fans in Kiev.

“It’s going to be a very unusual situation with Swedish fans outnumbering England supporters by four to one. So we will be doing our best to help our fans generate more than the Swedes.”

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