Czech police fire STUN GRENADES to disperse 'drunk' England fans as 14 Three Lions supporters are arrested and one is injured before Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague

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  • England fans hurled bottles at just before 7pm local time, while local police returned fire with stun grenades
  • A pool of blood was left on the cobbled street where one man was pinned to the ground following the clashes 
  • The arrested supporters were made to lie on the ground before they were led away by local police tonight
  • It came despite warnings that supporters could face a £200 on-the-spot fine for drunken behaviour in city
  • England later lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic after Zdenek Ondrasek secured the team victory this evening

Czech police lead away a fan before England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague on Friday. Clashes erupted with police at around 7pm local time

Czech police lead away a fan before England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague on Friday. Clashes erupted with police at around 7pm local time

Two Czech police officers arrest a fan while others are made to lay on the ground nearby. The man was pinned to the ground and appeared to have sustained injuries to his face

Two Czech police officers arrest a fan while others are made to lay on the ground nearby. The man was pinned to the ground and appeared to have sustained injuries to his face

The arrested supporters are made to lie on the ground before being led away. Police stood over them as the fans lay together next to the corner of a building

The arrested supporters are made to lie on the ground before being led away. Police stood over them as the fans lay together next to the corner of a building

England fans detained by police in Prague ahead of the European Championship qualifying match between Czech Republic and England this evening

England fans detained by police in Prague ahead of the European Championship qualifying match between Czech Republic and England this evening

A man is led away by police in Prague following clashes this evening. It comes despite warnings that supporters could face a £200 on-the-spot fine for drunken behaviour in the historic city

A man is led away by police in Prague following clashes this evening. It comes despite warnings that supporters could face a £200 on-the-spot fine for drunken behaviour in the historic city

Czech Police confirmed there had been a total of 31 arrests, including 14 'foreigners'. One man is seen being led away by police in Prague this evening

Czech Police confirmed there had been a total of 31 arrests, including 14 ‘foreigners’. One man is seen being led away by police in Prague this evening 

A man was seen receiving treatment in the back of an ambulance, and was later taken to hospital with injuries to his face

A man was seen receiving treatment in the back of an ambulance, and was later taken to hospital with injuries to his face

Until night fell, there had been little trouble, with police involvement limited to telling fans to remove flags from buildings. But later, police had to become more involved when clashes erupted. A man is pictured seated, being talked to by police

Until night fell, there had been little trouble, with police involvement limited to telling fans to remove flags from buildings. But later, police had to become more involved when clashes erupted. A man is pictured seated, being talked to by police

Another man is led away by officers this evening. Almost 3,800 Three Lions fans bought tickets for Friday night's clash, although more are believed to have travelled

Another man is led away by officers this evening. Almost 3,800 Three Lions fans bought tickets for Friday night’s clash, although more are believed to have travelled

The late kick-off time of 8.45pm and the city's party reputation led to fears of a repeat of ugly scenes witnessed on recent trips to Amsterdam, Dortmund and Porto (pictured, fans are made to lie down following clashes with police)

The late kick-off time of 8.45pm and the city’s party reputation led to fears of a repeat of ugly scenes witnessed on recent trips to Amsterdam, Dortmund and Porto (pictured, fans are made to lie down following clashes with police)

Another fan is made to put his hands behind his back as a police officer arrests them

Another fan is made to put his hands behind his back as a police officer arrests them

One supporter is carried away by two police officers just hours before England's match

One supporter is carried away by two police officers just hours before England’s match

Police stand watch as two England ans unfurl a flag with Leicester City written on it. Litter was left on the streets following the evening's drinking in Prague

Police stand watch as two England ans unfurl a flag with Leicester City written on it. Litter was left on the streets following the evening’s drinking in Prague

Czech police charge England fans

The police they set off stun grenades

Czech police charge England fans before setting off stun grenades outside of bars and pubs

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 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) 

Fans began drinking in the afternoon ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague (there is no suggestion those pictured were involved in disorder)

Fans began drinking in the afternoon ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague (there is no suggestion those pictured were involved in disorder) 

Until night fell, there had been little trouble, with police involvement limited to telling fans to remove flags from buildings (England flags are pictured on buildings in Prague)

Until night fell, there had been little trouble, with police involvement limited to telling fans to remove flags from buildings (England flags are pictured on buildings in Prague)

A number of England supporters have been arrested and at least one injured amid violent clashes with police in Prague on Friday evening ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier.

Three Lions supporters hurled bottles at just before 7pm local time, while local police in full riot gear returned fire with stun grenades.  

A pool of blood was left on the cobbled street where one man was pinned to the ground following the clashes with officers.

He was seen receiving treatment in the back of an ambulance, and was later taken to hospital with injuries to his face. 

Others were marched one by one with hands behind their backs into a police van. Czech Police later confirmed there had been a total of 31 arrests, including 14 ‘foreigners’. 

It came despite warnings that supporters could face a £200 on-the-spot fine for drunken behaviour in the historic city.

England later fell to their first qualifying defeat in a decade as Zdenek Ondrasek secured the Czech Republic victory against Gareth Southgate’s side. Their 2-1 qualifying loss was a ‘wake-up call’, according to captain Harry Kane.

Amid the violent clashes before the game, a recorded warning was played in English before the Czech police advanced on the fans, who had taken over a small square in the city’s Old Town. 

Stun grenades were fired by police as fans were forced back through a small archway as bottles continued to be thrown.

About a dozen men were forced into a corner and made to lie face down, while another was seen being pinned to the floor nearby as officers secured the scene.

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.’ 

About 10 men were pinned into a corner and made to lie face down, while another was seen being held on the floor nearby as officers secured the scene.

Asked about the trouble after the 2-1 loss, England manager Gareth Southgate said: ‘Of course, always disappointing and I think I’ve always spoken about how we would want everybody to conduct themselves.’

It comes after England supporters descended on Prague ahead of their team’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

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.

Czech police then advanced, firing stun grenades as English fans were forced back through a small archway as missiles continued to be thrown.

About 10 men were pinned into a corner and made to lie face down, while another was seen being held on the floor nearby as officers secured the scene.

Almost 3,800 Three Lions fans bought tickets for Friday night’s clash, although more are believed to have travelled.

The late kick-off time of 8.45pm and the city’s party reputation led to fears of a repeat of ugly scenes witnessed on recent trips to Amsterdam, Dortmund and Porto.

Hundreds of fans took over a small square in the city’s Old Town, chanting and drinking.

One local resident fought back against the noise, producing a megaphone to protest from his second-floor window.

The fixture also coincided with a national day of mourning for the country’s most famous singer, Karel Gott, who died last week, and travelling fans have been told to be respectful of mourners.

Ahead of the game, the Football Association asked supporters to ‘report that idiot’ if they see anti-social behaviour, while police urged those going to the game to not ’embarrass themselves’.

Deputy chief constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s football policing lead, said: ‘Prague’s a beautiful city. Go, enjoy it, it’s an absolutely fantastic place. We’ve got a team that’s worth supporting and celebrating so there’s plenty of things to go and enjoy.

‘Just don’t embarrass yourself or anyone else by drinking to excess and behaving in a way where you will see yourself on film or in print the next day.’     



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