England fans arrested in Amsterdam – police
Supporters alleged to have thrown beer bottles at police.
Twenty-five England fans were arrested in Amsterdam on Thursday after violent clashes with local police ahead of the friendly with Holland.
The Amsterdam police force posted a statement on their official Twitter account which provided detail on the arrests in the city centre.
The statement said the 25 “drunken” fans were detained for “various offences” which included beer bottles being thrown at police officers.
England manager Gareth Southgate had urged supporters to behave on the eve of Friday’s friendly, where his side will be backed by 5,253 fans in the away section.
“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.
“But I would strongly urge them to behave in the right way and respect our opponents and the country they’re in.
“They are representing our country in the same way we are. They will be the mirror of our country that people in Holland look at.”
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 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 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.
Josh Mahoney, 23, is in Amsterdam with family for his first England game and told the Press Association 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.”