Police clash with England fans as nine arrested in London

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Fans gathered in London to celebrate England’s win against Ukraine on Saturday night (REUTERS)
Fans gathered in London to celebrate England’s win against Ukraine on Saturday night (REUTERS)

Football fans clashed with police in London after the Three Lions victory over Ukraine.

England stormed into the semi-finals of Euro 2020 with a victory in Rome on Saturday night, resulting in hundreds taking to the streets to celebrate the win, with some wild scenes across the capital as officers wrestled with boisterous fans.

Nine arrests were made in London, the force confirmed, with one arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm of a police officer and three accused of assaulting a police officer.

A line of police officers tried to disperse fans from Leicester Square while one supporter was seen letting off a flare in Piccadilly Circus.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, Metropolitan Police Service said: “The Met has maintained a highly visible presence across London as people enjoy the Euros and celebrate England’s progression in the tournament.

“Last night following England’s match against Ukraine we saw a number of people take to the streets and I am pleased to say that this was all largely good natured. Fans engaged positively with officers and they dispersed when asked.

“While a larger crowd gathered in Leicester Square this area was cleared by approximately 23:30hrs. Two officers were injured as this area was cleared and thankfully their injuries are not life-threatening.

 (REUTERS)
(REUTERS)

“We want people to be able to enjoy the Euros safely and securely. We will continue to have measures in place to keep the public safe, prevent crime and disorder and respond effectively to any incidents.

“I would also like to remind everyone that London remains in a public health crisis and we must all take action to stick to the rules in line with the government guidance.”

England will now play Denmark at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, in their first semi-final in the competition for 25 years.

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