England fans charged by riot cops in Prague as ‘ten arrested’ in ugly scenes before Euro 2020 qualifier

England fans charged by riot cops in Prague as ‘ten arrested’ in ugly scenes before Euro 2020 qualifier

- in Uk News

ENGLAND fans were seen being charged by riot cops in Prague tonight as they made multiple arrests just hours before the Euro 2020 qualifier.

Dramatic footage shows dozens of helmeted officers giving chase and firing hand grenades in the Czech capital after fans reportedly threw bottles at them.

Cops were seen patrolling Prague’s streets ahead of the qualifier match against the Czech Republic
Riot cops arrest an England fan ahead of the qualifier game
Darren Fletcher – The Sun
Police and England fans clash in Prague city centre prior to tonight’s match with the Czech Republic
Darren Fletcher – The Sun
Cops gave chase on the streets of Prague
Darren Fletcher – The Sun

One man was seen being treated in the back of an ambulance after the clash. Others were marched one by one with hands behind their backs into a police van.

Cops were unable to confirm how many arrests have been made, though one officer said there was many as ten.

The chaos broke out just before 7pm local time, when some Three Lions fans were seen throwing bottles at the armed cops after a night of relative calm.

In the clip, fans are seen gathering as a public safety announcement is made, warning fans to follow police instructions ahead of the 8.45pm kick-off.

Photos show police making around a dozen England fans lie on the ground before being led away from the city’s Old Town.

A Czech police officer told MailOnline: “The England fans were very drunk and started throwing bottles at us.

“We fired the stun grenades to ensure they dispersed quickly. We detained 10 England fans and they will now face the Czech legal process.”
This is the first trouble to kick off since England supporters arrived ahead of the team’s 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Nearly 3,800 Three Lions fans bought tickets for Friday night’s clash, though many more are believed to have travelled to watch the game in the city’s bars.

The late kick-off time and the city’s party reputation led to fears of a repeat of ugly scenes witnessed on recent trips to Amsterdam, Dortmund and Porto.

The fixture also coincided with a national day of mourning for the country’s most famous singer, Karel Gott, who died last week, and travelling fans have been told to be respectful of mourners.

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