England Fans Clash With Portuguese Police Force Ahead Of Holland Game
Ahead of England's highly anticipated UEFA Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands, footage on social media has emerged showing English football fans and police have clashed in Portugal.
Footage has shown police in Portugal wielding batons and riot shields while battling English supporters in the centre of Porto, during a a screening of Portugal vs Switzerland in a fan zone last night.
It's been claimed by eyewitnesses that fans wearing England shirts became disruptive by throwing bottles in the area whenever Portugal scored in their 3-1 victory.
In the footage, which you can watch below, police are seen charging at a group of fans after projectiles are thrown in their direction, some of which are seen to be welcoming the challenge from the police.
The UK's National Police Chiefs' Council Football Policing Lead, Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts has condemned the behaviour of these supporters, 24 hours before England's crucial game in Guimaraes.
"Earlier this evening Portuguese police deployed riot officers against a group of England fans in the Main Square area of Porto," Roberts explained in a statement.
"It is believed the fans had been throwing bottles at Portugal fans who were watching the match in the same area.
"This is the second evening in a row where disorder has occurred in Porto. Last night there were issues outside a bar, where bottles were thrown and minor damage was caused. It is completely unacceptable.
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It is absolutely demented how this section of travelling England fans are so obsessed with armed conflict.
- Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 5, 2019
"The behaviour we are witnessing is incredibly disappointing and again I would point fans towards the recent video from The FA - 'Don't be that idiot'. The behaviour of a small number of the England fans out here continues to tarnish the reputation of the genuine fans who are simply trying to enjoy the football."
The FA have also released a statement, condemning the fans as an 'embarrassment' in relation to their representation of England fans.
"The FA strongly condemns the scenes witnessed in Porto overnight. Anyone responsible for these disturbances cannot be seen as true England supporters and are not welcome in football. They are an embarrassment to the team and the thousands of well-behaved fans who follow England in the right way. We are liasing with the UK Football Policing Unit."
In addition, further footage emerged of England fans chanting "Ten German Bombers", in reference to World War 2.
England fans chanting Ten German bombers as police watch on ... pic.twitter.com/msiCB64MtP
- Sean Ingle (@seaningle) June 5, 2019
Following the success of the national team last summer, it's a shame to see these scenes.
Featured Image Credit: Credit: @SeanIngle
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