Amsterdam police arrest football fans

19th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Football fans were detained in Amsterdam Wednesday in preparation for the UEFA cup match between Ajax and Olympique Marseille.

THE HAGUE—Dutch police said Wednesday they had arrested 29 football fans ahead of and during a crucial UEFA Cup match between Amsterdam's Ajax and France's Olympique Marseille.

"We have arrested a total of 29 people, most of them before the match, but some after it started," Amsterdam police spokeswoman Chermain van Damme told AFP, with offences ranging from weapons possession and public violence to drunkenness.

She could not say what the nationalities were of the detained.

The first group was detained after a search of buses transporting Olympique Marseille fans to the Amsterdam Arena yielded "a large amount of weapons", she said, including knives, tear gas canisters and spiked metal rods.

Others were apprehended after fist fights broke out among supporters of the two clubs in the Amsterdam city centre and at a train station. No injuries were reported.

Further arrests were for being drunk in public at the arena itself.

"We had deployed extra police since this morning in expectation of confrontations," said van Damme.

The two teams met for a quarter-final match in European football's second tier competition.


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