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Dozens of England Fans Arrested After Violent Amsterdam Altercation with Police

24 March 2018

Violent clashes between groups of Three Lions fans and Dutch police have erupted across the streets of Amsterdam before kick off on Friday night.

One supporter was injured and has been taken to hopsital for treatment, the tweet added.

England fans fled as they faced a barrage from police in chaotic scenes in the Dutch capital.

On Thursday 25 arrests were made after beer bottles were thrown at police, and the problems have been centered on the Red Light District, with police telling De Telegraaf it's been calm elsewhere. A number were arrested for drunken and disorderly behavior as the police brought calm back to the streets.

England boss Gareth Southgate had pleaded with the 5,235 fans to behave themselves while visiting Amsterdam for the match.

"I think it's important that our fans come and enjoy the game, that they support us in the right way", Southgate said on Thursday evening. Elsewhere, a video is going viral of fans dousing a boat full of people as they passed under a bridge on one of Amsterdam's canals.

The Football Association also handed out liftetime bans to supporters in June 2017 after England's 1-0 defeat to Germany was marred by fans making Nazi-related gestures, per Miguel Delaney at The Independent.

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.

A number of England fans are expected to have bought tickets in the home end for Friday's friendly as well as the strong travelling contingent for the last away game before the World Cup. "We had been in there several hours with no trouble at all".

Dozens of England Fans Arrested After Violent Amsterdam Altercation with Police