REVEALED: 18 England fans were arrested over football-related disorder after violent clashes with Czech police marred Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague
- England clashed with Czech police officers before Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday
- It has been confirmed that 18 British England fans were arrested by local police
- Police used stun grenades after fans hurled bottles near the City’s Old Square
- The Foreign Office said the England fans have now been released from custody
A total of 18 England supporters were arrested by Czech police on Friday over football-related disorder.
The men, who were among thousands of supporters who travelled to the city for the Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, have now all been released from custody.
Three Lions supporters hurled bottles at just before 7pm local time before kick-off, while local police in full riot gear returned fire with stun grenades during violent clashes near the City’s Old Square.
18 England supporters were arrested in Prague on Friday night, it has been confirmed
A man is led away by police following the violent clashes near the City’s Old Square
Local media reported a group of Czechs were also held after they attacked a bar in a separate incident.
Czech police said a total of 31 arrests had been made on Friday night.
The Foreign office confirmed that 18 of the men detained were England supporters.
Their statement read: ‘Eighteen British football fans were arrested in Prague last night. All those arrested have now been released. Our staff stand ready to provide assistance if needed.’
England manager Gareth Southgate, who had made a point of reminding fans to conduct themselves properly in the historic city earlier this week, described the trouble as ‘disappointing’ following the 2-1 defeat.
England fans were detained after hurling bottles at police just before 7pm local time on Friday
The trouble came despite repeated warnings to travelling England supporters this week
Czech Police wrestle a man to the ground after firing stun grenades at the England fans
One man was taken to hospital by ambulance after suffering an injury in the melee
The latest trouble involving England fans abroad follows similar scenes from recent trips to Amsterdam, Dortmund and Porto.
Supporters travelling to Prague for the match had been warned they could face £200 on-the-spot fines for drunken behaviour while UK police and the Football Association urged fans to behave amid fears of excessive drinking.
Until night fell, there had been little trouble, with police involvement limited to telling fans to remove flags from buildings.
But as bottles were pelted at officers, a recorded warning was played in English warning them to ‘obey the law’ and that face coverings and pyrotechnics are illegal.
England fans in Prague ahead of the European Championship qualifying match between Czech Republic and England (there is no suggestion those pictured were involved in disorder)
England manager described the trouble as ‘disappointing’ following the 2-1 defeat in Prague
Czech police then advanced, firing stun grenades as English fans were forced back through a small archway as missiles continued to be thrown.
A Czech police officer told MailOnline: ‘The England fans were very drunk and started throwing bottles at us.
‘We fired the stun grenades to ensure they dispersed quickly.’
At least one England fan was injured and he was seen receiving treatment in the back of an ambulance, while others were marched one by one with hands behind their backs into a police van.