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Police Send Icelandic Football Team to Bed Early

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Police Send Icelandic Football Team to Bed Early

Iceland Kazakhstan game Sept. 6.

Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Following the men’s football game last night in Laugardalur, where Iceland drew with Kazakhstan, securing the country participation in the EURO 2016 in France, the team had reason to celebrate. Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson had personally promised them that pubs would be open longer than the rules dictate, but on workdays, they normally close at 1:00 am, fotbolti.net reports. On his Facebook page, he posted this comment, according to mbl.is :

“Actually, I told the national team members after the game that all restaurants and pubs would be open for them as long as they wanted. In hindsight, I did perhaps not formally have the power to say so…but I don’t expect anyone to try to send them to bed.” Thus, the expectation was that nothing would prevent the team from celebrating this unique accomplishment.

Police disagreed and decided that rules must be followed—even on days when history is made. According to fotbolti.net, they “entered the bar b5 after one in the morning, where supporters were celebrating with the Icelandic national team, and threw out the team members and others. Jubilations over a unique accomplishment were not allowed to continue.”

One other bar was closed by police shortly after 1:00 am. Football fans continued celebrating in the streets of Reykjavík well into the night, according to mbl.is, beating drums, blowing whistles and singing.

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