Dutch police detain 25 England supporters for violence

Simon Moss
March 25, 2018

Of the 100 England fans arrested, 94 were released with a fine, Dutch police said.

Footage of England fans throwing beer over tourists and tossing bicycles into into canals were widely shared on social media on Friday, with the mood turning dark ahead of kick-off as violent clashes with police were captured on film.

Yesterday, 25 England fans were arrested after riot police were brought in to break up the mass of people.

One video showed a fan stripping down and launching himself into the canal as Three Lions supporters wreak havoc in the Dutch capital.

Around 1500 fans were thought to have made the trip to the continent to follow Gareth Southgate's squad ahead of the crunch friendly match, but plenty are letting England down with their rowdy behavior. England won the match 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Jesse Lingard.

An Amsterdam police spokesman told Press Association Sport: "We arrested 90 English people, mainly because they were disturbing the peace".

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The trouble in Amsterdam comes a year after unsavoury scenes marred England's friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

"It's like they want England to push them back to make us look bad", he said.

There were 27 members suspended in total for their behaviour in Dortmund, with a further six given written warnings while there remains one case pending.

"As ever, the FA will work in partnership with the UK Football Policing Unit to help identify those involved and we will sanction any England Supporters Travel Club member found to be responsible for disorder".

England fans were also caught up in violent exchanges at the UEFA 2016 European Championship in France and there are fears there may be similar trouble at the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup. "We had been in there several hours with no trouble at all".

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