England fans clash with police in London as nine people are arrested after Euros quarter-final victory

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England fans clashed with police in London following the team’s Euro win over Ukraine as celebrations spiraled out of control and led to nine arrests.

Supporters were thrown to the ground in wild scenes on Saturday night with a man arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm to a police officer.

Three other England fans have been charged with assaulting an officer.

Police battled to maintain order in central London using human barricades after hundreds of fans descended on Leicester Square following the 4-0 quarter-final victory.

In Leicester Square, a line of officers attempted to disperse fans while a supporter was seen setting off a flare at Piccadilly Circus.

Police chiefs confirmed that four men were also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and another on suspicion of drunken and disorderly behaviour.



The clashes followed England’s 4-0 win over Ukraine.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jane Connors, of the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “The Met have maintained a very visible presence across London as people enjoy the Euros and celebrate England’s progress in the tournament.

“Last night after England’s game against Ukraine we saw a number of people take to the streets and I’m happy to say it was all largely in good spirits. engaged positively with the officers and they dispersed when asked.

“As a larger crowd gathered in Leicester Square, this area was cleared around 11.30pm. Two officers were injured while clearing this area and fortunately their injuries are not life threatening.

“We want people to be able to enjoy euros safely. We will continue to put in place measures to ensure public safety, prevent crime and disorder, and respond effectively to any incident.



Nine arrests were made by the police.
Nine arrests were made by the police.

“I would also like to remind everyone that London remains in a public health crisis and that we must all take action to comply with the rules in accordance with government directives.”

England will play their first semi-final in the competition for 25 years when they face Denmark.

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Hundreds of fans, chanting and chanting, stepped onto the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain at Piccadilly Circus.

The Met tweeted on Saturday night: “Congratulations England on an outstanding performance.



England now face Denmark in the Euro semi-finals.
England now face Denmark in the Euro semi-finals.

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

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

Concerns have been raised that England’s run to Euro 2020 could drive up Covid infection rates, with thousands across the country ignoring government advice on social distancing.



Fans gathered in Leicester Square after the game.
Fans gathered in Leicester Square after the match.

The team’s victory was greeted with jubilant scenes across the country, with large crowds gathering in cities and towns to watch the game.

Aside from London, there have been skirmishes in Nottingham where police have been bombarded with bottles.

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