Smoke dope and keep out of trouble fans advised

Portuguese police are letting England soccer fans smoke dope in the hope it will keep them out of trouble.

The authorities don't want supporters to get fighting drunk on booze and are turning a blind-eye to joint-puffing, hoping it will prevent brawling, reports the Daily Star.

Lisbon is said to be flooded with dealers selling "soft drugs" to supporters but police are deliberately keeping a low profile, saying their priority is to make sure fans don't get too drunk.

Lisbon police spokesman Isabel Canelas said: "We have to use common sense. If people cause a problem through the use of drugs, of course police will be expected to take action. But when this doesn't happen, why should police make a fuss?"