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Czech police arrest 31, after Euro 2020 qualifier against England

Czech police arrest 31, including 14 foreigners, after Euro 2020 qualifier against England

Czech police arrest 31, including 14

Czechoslovakia police have arrested 31 football fans, including 14 foreigners, after violent clashes following the Euro 2020 qualifier against England.

In the game, England suffered its first Euro qualifying defeat in a decade with a shock 2-1 loss and failed to qualify just yet.

England manager Gareth Southgate told reporters of the England fans’ behaviour: “Of course, always disappointing and I think I’ve always spoken about how we would want everybody to conduct themselves.”

The violence started at around 19:00 local time and was concentrated around two restaurants with football fans throwing glasses and bottles at armed riot police. Authorities used sound grenades and dogs to keep the violence in check.

Fourteen of those detained were foreigners, police said, adding that the arrest could not be made “without the use of coercive means.”

England lost the match 2-1 and have another game on Monday when they travel to Sofia to play Bulgaria.

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