Dutch Police arrest 90 England fans ahead of Netherlands friendly

Posted Saturday, March 24, 2018 by Skysports.com

Dutch Police arrest 90 England fans ahead of Netherlands friendly
The number of England fans arrested in Amsterdam has risen to 90

Gareth Southgate condemns pre-match trouble involving England supporters and describes booing of Dutch national anthem as "unacceptable"

Dutch Police arrested 90 England fans for public order breaches ahead of Friday's friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Police confirmed to Sky Sports News the number detained for offences including public disorder had risen from 25 to 28 by early Friday evening, but the number has now further increased.

Police also confirmed one member of the police support team was injured while helping make an arrest.

England supporters have been detained for a range of drunken disturbance offences including throwing beer bottles at officers.

Gareth Southgate voiced his disappointment at the trouble in the Dutch capital and described the booing of the Dutch national anthem by a minority of England supporters as "unacceptable".

"I heard some of the booing of the anthem which is unacceptable," Southgate said in the post-match press conference.

"(Concerning the arrests) It's not something I want to hear and our players have represented their country well tonight and anything that takes away from that from their perspective is a great shame."

Dutch Police arrest 90 England fans ahead of Netherlands friendly
England fans were seen pouring beer over boat passengers

Riot police were deployed to the downtown area of the city to deal with the situation, after fans were filmed throwing beer over tourists riding boats along the canals.

Around 5,200 England fans had bought tickets through the official channels for the match in the Dutch capital but it is predicted up to double that number were in the city.

Police refused to give a total number of their presence ahead of the game, but said there would be a visible police presence at the Amsterdam Arena and "large police presence" in the capital ahead of the kick-off at 20.45 local time.

The arrests come with fears fan trouble could be an issue during this summer's World Cup in Russia - following the clashes which occurred during Euro 2016.



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