Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Arrests as English football fans flock to Amsterdam red light district

Arrests as English football fans flock to Amsterdam red light district

Ninety England fans were arrested in Amsterdam on Friday after travelling to the Dutch city for the national side's friendly against the Netherlands.

A legion of England fans were arrested after a video has surfaced of at least 25 of them launching booze and plastic cups at a group of women in a boat, following by one of them diving into the Amsterdam canal.

Footage emerged of riot police dispersing fans in the city's red light district and one Englishman was injured in clashes and taken to hospital.

According to reports, drunken English fans threw bottles and smashed windows in the Dutch capital, forcing riot police to be brought in to break up the mass of people.

England manager Gareth Southgate has said he was disappointed to hear about the trouble with the fans. England won the match 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike from Jesse Lingard.

"The rest, that's the first I've heard just outside before", said Southgate.

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

"Anything else that takes away from that performance for them would be a great shame".

Wielding batons, England fans were forced to flee as they faced a barrage of attacks from the police.

The flare-ups in Amsterdam come a year after despicable scenes marred England's friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

England fans are preparing to travel to Russian Federation for the World Cup this summer after violent clashes between the two countries' supporters at Euro 2016 in France.

"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".

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