Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Nearly 100 English fans have been arrested in Amsterdam

Nearly 100 English fans have been arrested in Amsterdam

"The sad fact is that the drunken mob's behaviour reinforces the negative stereotype of England supporters, and will impact on the treatment all fans can expect when they follow the team overseas".

Dutch television broadcasters TV5 reported on Friday that police in the capital are no longer enforcing the public alcohol ban in the city's red light district as it is becoming impossible to enforce due to the large number of England fans in the area.

Yesterday, 25 England fans were arrested after riot police were brought in to break up the mass of people.

Sky Sports reported that nearly 30 fans had been held behind bars overnight for drunken behavior in the Netherlands' capital as the Three Lions prepare to take on Ronald Koeman's Oranje side at the Amsterdam Arena.

England manager Gareth Southgate had urged supporters to behave on the eve of Friday's friendly and criticised fans who booed the Dutch national anthem before the game.

Jesse Lingard's first global 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.

But his words were ignored by some of the more than 5,000 away supporters inside the ground, who jeered the Dutch national anthem before kick-off instead.

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

Glass can be heard smashed as the friendly fixture continues to be marred by videos emerging of trouble in Amsterdam.

A total of 27 members were suspended for their behaviour in Dortmund.

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

And they have been in good voice as per, with Englishmen up and down the country gathering along the historic canals that wind their way through the city.

Dutch riot police maintain order among England football fans on Friday.

Josh Mahoney, 23, is in Amsterdam with family for his first England game and told the Press Association the police were "very heavy handed".

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