Three England fans were arrested in Munich on Monday for making a Nazi salute.
Three fans were arrested for performing the Nazi salute ahead of a Nations League game against Germany, city police confirmed to media.
It is a crime in Germany to perform the Nazi salute, punishable with up to three years in prison, although tourists are often just fined for the offensive gesture.
The Nazi salute, Hitler salute, or Sieg Heil salute, is a gesture that was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany. The salute is performed by extending the right arm from the neck into the air with a straightened hand. Usually, the person offering the salute would say “Heil Hitler!”, “Heil, mein Führer!”, or “Sieg Heil!”. It was adopted in the 1930s by the Nazi Party to signal obedience to the party’s leader, Adolf Hitler, and to glorify the German nation.
The overnight arrests came after British coach Gareth Southgate warned England fans against misbehaving in Germany. In an interview, he said “you feel ashamed when you hear about it.”
An estimated 5,000 England fans are in the Bavarian capital for the game against Germany at Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.