Dutch Police Make Arrests as England Fans Run Riot in Amsterdam

Dutch Police Make Arrests as England Fans Run Riot in Amsterdam

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

"They are representing our country in the same way we are".

De Telegraaf talk of cans and bottles being thrown, and there's claims people have been throwing bicycles into canals, although the Dutch newspaper weren't able to get confirmation of that.

Meanwhile, three women aboard a canal boat had to shelter under umbrellas after they were doused with alcohol by England fans revelling in a weekend long session in Amsterdam, as they threatened to draw more criticism for their outlandish behaviour. Fans have been filmed throwing beer at tourists on a canal trip, and part of the city appears to have been total mayhem today.

Wielding batons, England fans were forced to flee as they faced a barrage of attacks from the police.

A police spokesman said the arrests were mainly for "disturbing the peace". "They will be the mirror of our country that people in Holland look at".

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By early afternoon on Friday there had been one arrest, but police say there have been several fights and some fans are looking for trouble.

"Anything else that takes away from that performance for them would be a great shame".

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

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard scored England's goal.

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". There was a riot van at the door pulling fans out of the pub.

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.

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