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England boss Southgate disappointed to hear about fan trouble in Amsterdam

Southgate had urged supporters to behave on the eve of Friday’s friendly.

England manager Gareth Southgate was disappointed to hear about fan trouble after a positive night for his team and made it clear that he found the booing of Holland’s national anthem unacceptable.

Jesse Lingard’s first international goal secured the Three Lions a fully-deserved 1-0 win in Friday’s World Cup warm-up friendly, but on-field success came with the cloud of off-field issues in Amsterdam.

The local police force posted a statement on their official Twitter account announcing the number taken into custody on Friday has risen to 90, bringing the total of England supporters arrested over the past two days to over 100.

Almost 60 were detained after they were penned in by riot police in the red light district of the city, while a number of those in the ground booed the Dutch national anthem before kick-off.

Southgate had urged supporters to behave on the eve of Friday’s friendly, but those words clearly ignored by some of the 5,253 fans in the away section.

“I heard some of the booing of the anthem which obviously isn’t acceptable,” the England manger said.

“The rest, that’s the first I’ve heard just outside before (coming into the press conference).

“Without knowing the details… obviously it’s not something I want to hear because most of all for us I think our players have represented their country really well tonight with pride and with some style.

“So, anything else that takes away from that performance for them would be a great shame.”

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

“Some were arrested because they were throwing beer bottles in the direction of officers.

“From the 90 arrests most were arrested while blocked in by the riot police after disturbing the peace. The commander made the decision to arrest them all with the numbers between 50 and 60.

“When we arrested that group it became quiet in the red light district although there were still hundreds of English people staying but they were not causing any problems.”

An initial statement, which was quickly updated to reflect the growing number, said the Amsterdam police had arrested 70 fans.

Riot police were due to remain in Amsterdam to ensure there was no trouble after the game.

Friday’s incidents followed an earlier announcement that 25 “drunken” fans were detained on Thursday for “various offences”, including beer bottles being thrown at police officers.

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

The 1-0 defeat in March 2017 led the Football Association to clamp down on boorish behaviour, with lifetime bans from the England Supporters Travel Club (ESTC) dished out for the first time after two individuals were caught making Nazi gestures.

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.

The FA will review those caught up in trouble in Amsterdam to see if ESTC members were involved and punish them accordingly.

A number of England fans were expected to have bought tickets in the home end for Friday’s friendly – the last away game before the World Cup.

Josh Mahoney, 23, is in Amsterdam with family for his first England game and told the Press Association following the news of Thursday’s arrests that the police were “very heavy-handed”.

“It’s like they want England to push them back to make us look bad,” he said.

“They attacked us for no reason. There was a riot van at the door pulling fans out of the pub. We had been in there several hours with no trouble at all.”


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