Euro 2020: Clean-up and 30 arrests after England-Scotland clash in London | UK News

Euro 2020: Clean-up and 30 arrests after England-Scotland clash in London | UK News

A clean-up is under way and police have made 30 arrests after Friday night’s goalless Euro 2020 clash between England and Scotland.

Despite coronavirus restrictions remaining in force, crowds of Scotland fans thronged into Leicester Square in central London after the draw between the rivals at Wembley.

Red flares were set off as fans, many wearing kilts and draped in Scotland flags, sang and cheered.

The Metropolitan Police said officers entered Leicester Square at about 12.45am and encouraged those still at the scene to leave the area, which was finally cleared by 1.15am.

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Clean up begins after Scotland fan celebrations

The force said that 30 arrests were made on Friday night – the majority in central London, with five around Wembley.

There were 13 arrests for public order offences, six for drunk and disorderly behaviour, and four for assaults on police.

Another three were held over other assaults, and two were arrested for drugs offences.

On Saturday morning, street sweepers moved in to Leicester Square to clear away the debris, which was mostly empty bottles and cans of booze.

Pressure washers were used to clean the area, while some Scotland fans were seen litter picking.

Scotland fans gather in Leicester Square before the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland later tonight. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021.
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Scotland fans seen pitching in to clear mess before the match on Friday

An estimated 20,000 Scottish supporters made the journey south for the match despite most not having tickets.

While the Tartan Army celebrated after the stalemate gave Scotland their first point of the tournament, a number of dissatisfied Three Lions supporters booed at the final whistle.

However, the result leaves Gareth Southgate’s side second heading into Tuesday’s final match against the Czech Republic, and on the verge of qualification thanks to their four-point haul.

Speaking after the game, the England manager said: “In the end, not enough to win but this is a tournament and it’s critical when you can’t win not to lose.

“That of course feels difficult in the last 15 minutes of a game where fans are desperate for you to go forward and abandon all shape because of course it’s Scotland, it feels like a unique occasion.

Fans crowd into Wembley Park station after the match
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Fans crowd into Wembley Park station after the match

“But we have to still approach it in the context that a point is still an important step towards qualification and ultimately qualification is the first objective for us.”

Meanwhile, Scotland fan Billy Webster told Sky News he was feeling more positive than after his team’s opening Euro 2020 defeat by the Czech Republic.

He said: “It was a strong performance against a supposedly strong England side and I am hopeful for the game against Croatia.

“If they can put in the passion that they did last night against Croatia I feel very positive.”



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