Thirty arrested before Netherlands-England match

13th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

About 30 fans were arrested for creating chaos in the city centre of Amsterdam just before the international football friendly between the Netherlands and England.

Amsterdam – Thirty people were arrested on Wednesday in the centre of Amsterdam after rival fans clashed before the international football friendly between the Netherlands and England, local police said.

Eleven people were arrested "because of violent acts" and four because they didn't have any identity papers, Amsterdam police spokesman Nabil Ou-Aissa, told AFP.

The suspects are "in majority Dutch nationals," he said. They were mostly Dutch fans of Amsterdam's Ajax club and FC Twente.

A half an hour before kick-off at 20:45 local time (18:45 GMT) "the situation is still quite tense in the city centre," he added.

The friendly match between the two teams ended in a 2-2 draw.

According to a Radio Netherlands report, football fans from Dutch, English and Belgian clubs had used the internet to arrange fights with each other. The police were aware of their plans and kept the rival groups apart as much as possible.

As a precaution, around 120 Ajax fans were transported in buses under police guard away from the city centre. There was no trouble in the vicinity of Amsterdam's Arena stadium where the international match was played.
AFP / Expatica

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