England fans clash with police as celebrations turn sour after Ukraine win

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Large crowds of England fans clashed with police following the national team’s big 4-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2020.

Thousands of fans took to the streets on Saturday after the Three Lions booked their place in the semi-finals of the European Championship.

A number of crowds reportedly clashed with police in their attempt to gain control of the situation.

England fans celebrate in clashes with police after the team’s victory over Ukraine. Photo: Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Videos and photos show, in particular in the Leicester Square district of London, at least 50 police officers lining the streets of the city center.

Police were seen struggling with people on the ground as they tried to break up the thousands of people who had gathered in the English capital.

Social distancing guidelines remain in the UK and there is a serious upward trend in cases which has mainly been linked to the Delta variant of the virus.

Celebrations turned sour as England fans clashed with police after Ukraine’s victory. Photo: Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Two police officers were injured in the proceedings and three men were arrested suspected of assaulting a police officer.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed they had arrested a total of nine people in connection with the incidents.

Other unmasked fans were also seen in Piccadilly Circus as they chanted and lit flares in the streets.

Hundreds of maskless fans climbed to the top of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and waved flags.

The Met Police asked for calm in a social media post.

“Congratulations England on an outstanding performance,” the Met tweeted late Saturday night.

“Officers remain on duty across London to ensure everyone can celebrate safely.

“Piccadilly Circus in particular is now very crowded with people climbing the statue of Eros. Please avoid the area.

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