England fans behaviour ‘appalling’ after arrest in football friendly vs Netherlands
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England fans behaviour ‘appalling’ after arrest in football friendly vs Netherlands

England won the football friendly against Netherlands but following the match, over 90 English fans were arrested and the British police have labelled their behaviour as appalling.

football Updated: Mar 24, 2018 22:46 IST
Reuters, London
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Following England’s win over Netherlands in an international football friendly, over 90 English fans were arrested. (Image for representational purposes)(Getty Images)

The behaviour of some England fans has been described as “appalling” by British police chiefs after 90 were arrested before and after the friendly international against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday.

Video footage on social media showed some fans throwing bottles at police and bicycles into Amsterdam’s historic canals before the match in the Amsterdam Arena.

The Dutch national anthem was also booed by a minority of England fans, an act described as “unacceptable” by England manager Gareth Southgate.

“The behaviour of a large number of England supporters was appalling,” said deputy chief constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) head for football policing. “Any attempts to downplay it are wide of the mark.

“The sad fact is that the drunken mob’s behaviour reinforces the negative stereotype of England supporters, and will impact on the treatment all fans can expect when they follow the team abroad.”

There were more than 100 arrests over two days, the largest number of arrests of England fans for a single game in several years, according to Roberts. “Unfortunately it follows a worrying trend observed at recent fixtures,” he said.

England’s Football Supporters’ Federation chief executive Kevin Miles said there was no defence for the “atrocious anti-social behaviour by a minority of English fans”.

Miles said the trouble had been caused by a minority of younger fans who had not gone to watch the football.

“It is not in the interests of the regular England followers for the anti-social behaviour to creep back in as it will inevitably impact on how we are received and treated by host police forces elsewhere,” he said.

There were 5,234 official England Supporters Club ticket holders at the game. The FA said any of its members identified as causing trouble would be banned from the organisation.

First Published: Mar 24, 2018 22:45 IST