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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Do Battle With Hooligans




BRUSSELS, Belgium -- English soccer fans fought running battles with police and members of Brussels' immigrant community in the early hours of Sunday in the aftermath of a Euro 2000 soccer match between England and Germany.


Police said about 70 people had been arrested, mostly English. That brought to more than 900 the number of soccer hooligans detained in the last 24 hours after disturbances in Brussels and the southern Belgian town of Charleroi.


Hundreds of English fans returned by train from Charleroi and fanned out in the center of the Belgian capital, where they clashed with local residents.


Residents and English fans played a cat and mouse game, with occasional skirmishes . After one clash, an injured man was left with a bleeding head.


A police official on the scene said the man had been stabbed with a screwdriver.


Bottles flew through the air as groups of English fans and local residents clashed near the Brussels Stock Exchange building.


In one incident, English fans taunted riot police, who responded with tear gas.


Riot police closed in on a group of English fans who had taken refuge in a bar, using tear gas to force them out. About 30 fans came out of the bar and were then arrested and loaded on buses.


The England-Germany game had been regarded as one of the highest risk matches of the tournament because of the reputations of the hooligan fringe among the fans of both national teams.


The UEFA saw red on Sunday and handed a yellow card to England, warning the team would be expelled from Euro 2000 if there was any repeat of the hooligan violence.


The UEFA also rebuked the British government for failing to prevent hooligans from travelling to the tournament.