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Amsterdam altercations: 100 England hooligans detained

The bad few of the many followers of the England national football team again take the headlines as bottles were thrown at local police ahead of the game.

Soccer Football - International Friendly - Netherlands vs England - Amsterdam, Netherlands - March 23, 2018   England fans beside the canal   Action Images via Reuters/Tom Jacobs
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Amsterdam police said on Friday they had arrested almost 100 England football supporters ahead of a friendly international against the Netherlands.

Trouble in Amsterdam

Numerous videos have been posted online showing crowds packing the narrow streets and bridges in the canal city, singing and cheering.

"The number of arrests of England supporters has now climbed to close to 90," the Amsterdam police said in a tweet.

The men were mainly accused of disrupting public order, the police said.

Why always us? England fans and police - Amsterdam on Friday evening.
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Why always us? England fans and police - Amsterdam on Friday evening.STAFFAction Images via Reuters

One video on the Dutch public broadcaster NOS showed police wielding truncheons, and backed by horseback officers, wading into the crowds to restore order in the city's notorious Red Light district.

In another video, fans were seen tossing a bike off a bridge onto a passing canal boat.

The match is being used by England as part of their World Cup build-up, a tournament for which the Dutch failed to qualify.


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