Hundreds of England fans arrested after violence

26th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 June 2006, STUTTGART - The last of hundreds of England fans detained in Stuttgart over the weekend for disorderly behaviour were freed on Monday, a day after their team knocked Ecuador out of the World Cup.

26 June 2006

STUTTGART - The last of hundreds of England fans detained in Stuttgart over the weekend for disorderly behaviour were freed on Monday, a day after their team knocked Ecuador out of the World Cup.

Some 117 supporters were released by morning from detention centres where they had spent the night after hurling chairs and abusing bystanders in an orgy of drunken violence.

All told around 550 football supporters, the vast majority of them English, were detained over the weekend in the southern German city as police cracked down on hooliganism.

Eight faced charges on Monday ranging from causing bodily harm or criminal damage to resisting arrest, police said.

A spokesman for the British embassy in Berlin said the troublemakers represented a tiny minority of the 60,000 English fans who had travelled to Germany for the game.

Police reported nine injuries in fan-related incidents over the weekend, but said there was trouble after Sunday's game that saw England book a quarter-final berth against Portugal in Gelsenkirchen on Saturday.

The English fans were joined by around 15,000 Ecuador fans for Sunday's match at the Gottlieb Daimler stadium. Around 1,900 police were on duty in Stuttgart to prevent any incidents, with another 4,000 deployed throughout the surrounding federal state of Baden- Wuerttemberg.

DPA

Subject: German news

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