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Again this really has nothing to do with Portugal and its supporters, but anytime England and its legion of WHITE TRASH go beyond its borders to spread British high culture, well then every FOTBALL fan receives a black eye.
It really puzzles me to why England hasn't been banned from international play? Why should we have to deal with this shi_ all the time? UEFA should ban Englan now! :)

How the mob brought mayhem


The first signs of the violence that was to follow came at about 8pm in Charleroi as 500 England fans gathered in the town's Charles II Square.

Three thousand officers, including 600 riot police, were on duty but trouble broke out regardless as English supporters were confronted by victorious French fans and then by members of the town's sizeable Turkish population.

Shortly after 8pm French supporters drove round the square waving flags as they celebrated their side's 2-1 victory against the Czech Republic.

In one corner of the square a group of 200 English fans spat on cars and threw beer at vehicles. At 8.10pm a black Mercedes drove past the crowd.

The car was kicked before three men emerged carrying a car jack and hammer. An English fan was struck and led away with blood pouring from his head.

At 8.15 England fans chased Turks and Germans as chairs and bottles were thrown before 50 riot squad police moved in.

Thirty minutes later 200 more riot police arrived as England fans charged a group of Germans. By 10.10 bars had closed but English fans were already fuelled by strong Belgian beer and 20 minutes later they jeered as police put on a show of strength.

Two dozen riot squad officers walked in front of a water cannon crawling slowly round the square. 'We wanted them to know we had the hardware to disperse them,' explained a police source.

By midnight, while most England fans had left the square, one group remained and fought with Turks. One England fan was stabbed in the back and received hospital treatment.

A total of 179 England fans had been held on 'preventative arrests' to be deported the following morning

In Brussels, the trouble began at 7.45pm in the central Place de la Bourse. Hordes of English fans threw bottles and chairs after being refused drinks as others fought French fans.

More than 200 riot officers - known locally as 'les Robocops' - and police 'spotters' made arrests. During the next six hours fans tried to rip up fencing and chanted racist songs as they were confronted by Turkish and Moroccan immigrants. One English fan was stabbed in the back.

Police fired pepper spray and tear gas to clear the tiny streets near the historic Grand Place. By midnight, dozens of English had been forced to sit on the ground, hands tied behind their backs, before being taken to cells.

During Friday night and the early hours of Saturday, a total of 372 fans were arrested in the Belgian capital.

Two other unnamed British hooligans held in Brussels, aged 24 and 34, face serious assault charges in court this week and up to three years in jail in Belgium.


Charleroi enjoyed a quiet morning as thousands of English fans arrived to be met by more than 3,100 police, including 120 on horseback and 45 dog handlers.

By midday the Charles II Square was divided by 100 riot squad officers as once again England fans gathered in one corner. By 12.15 the atmosphere changed as fans taunted German supporters by singing the Dambusters March.

Several hundred stood with their arms outstretched mimicking World War II aircraft as others chanted: 'There's only one Bomber Harris.'

Minutes later England and German fans were fighting as plastic chairs, bottles and beer cans were thrown before a Belgian police water cannon entered the square.

Fans were sent sprawling by the jets of water as innocent shoppers ran for cover. One England fan, Robin Sturgess, 27, from Hull, said: 'It was like being hit by a lorry. It knocked me right off my feet and into a table.'

Mounted officers then separated the hooligans as German fans tried to break the line penning them back.

At 7.15pm local time, 90 minutes before kick-off, fans began their ten-minute walk to the stadium. Some 600 ticketless England fans remained drinking in bars but as the match kicked off police rounded up 300 under 'preventative arrest' laws.

Sixty-six more English hooligans were held after rampaging through Charleroi and smashing shop windows at half-time. After the match hundreds of England fans headed back to the Charles II Square but found bars closed and hundreds of police on duty. Most headed for a 12.20am train bound for Calais.


Police had told the railway authorities not to allow trains heading to the Channel ports to stop in Brussels - yet, between midnight and 1.30am, several trains halted at the Gare du Midi.

Hundreds of drunken England fans poured off the trains and into local bars in what is a predominantly Turkish and North African area. Running fights broke out and English fans damaged more than 20 cars as they rampaged through the streets.

Two North Africans launched petrol bombs into the crowds and by the early hours the total of England fans arrested in Brussels over the weekend had reached 440.

In Charleroi a total of 450 fans, mainly English, had been held. Most of those arrested were deported to Manchester on camouflaged C130 Belgian Army planes from Melsbroeck military airport near Brussels while others were expelled by boat and Eurostar.

In Charleroi it emerged that 30 England fans face more serious judicial proceedings. One allegedly broke a window while a 30-year-old from Nottingham was suspected of a mugging and a 28-year-old from Scunthorpe is charged with attempted robbery with violence. They will face court on Wednesday.

In Holland before last Monday's match between England and Portugal, the police in Eindhoven used different tactics to control troublemakers - reduced-strength beer, loud music in the squares to drown out offensive chants and street entertainers contributed to a party atmosphere. There was only one arrest.

In Belgium police took a different - and in some cases a more confrontational - approach. A spokesman for the Belgian Ministry of the Interior said: 'Our police and gendarmes are to be congratulated on the way they dealt with these offenders.

'There was nothing brutal or indiscriminate about their actions. In most cases, they were trying to separate fans and break up trouble. They were certainly not provoking it.'

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ooozing with class those british people are. UEFA and FIFA should impose another ban on these bastards. This by no means adds anything to the atmosphere of the game.
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