England fans arrested in Germany over Nazi salutes, insulting police despite Southgate plea

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England fans are arrested Credit: PA Images
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A number of England fans have been arrested in Munich ahead of the UEFA Nations League tie against Germany on Tuesday night, according to local police.

Eight supporters were arrested on Monday. Most of these came in the downtown area of Munich. This is despite fans wanting to improve their reputation in light of last summer’s Euro 2020 final.

Three of these arrests were for them making Nazi salutes. Another was jailed for letting a flare off inside his hotel room. This caused an estimated 2,000 euros (£1,700) in damage.

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Four others were arrested for incidents including insulting police officers and urinating in the street.

Many of the troublemakers were dealt with by being ordered to pay a security deposit of around 200 euro (£170) – the local equivalent of an on-the-spot fine – while two who were unable to pay the money were brought before a district judge.

Some bars in the city closed early on Monday after becoming overwhelmed by the number of customers as large groups of fans wearing England replica shirts and carrying flags sang in the warm German sunshine.

Other pubs did not open at all on Tuesday after reports of incidents getting out of hand among some supporters.

Police were called to one “brawl” on Monday, reported to have involved 30 to 50 England fans, but said it had dispersed by the time armed officers arrived on the scene.

There are fears of further clashes later on Tuesday after some England fans bought tickets in the German-supporting section of the Allianz Arena.

A Munich police spokesman told the PA news agency that police would only be able to stop England fans going in the home end if there was an expectation they may cause trouble.

He said that 700 police officers had been deployed to deal with the influx of England fans to the city since Saturday, considerably more than would be working for a Bayern Munich match.

It comes after a plea from England manager Gareth Southgate for fans to behave.

He said: “We all want to be coming away talking about a brilliant night, good football and a stunning atmosphere. We can only ask that’s what our supporters deliver.

“[Crowd trouble] definitely has an impact [on the players]. Staff are working on things detracting from the main part of their job, you are embarrassed when you hear about it, because you know it’s a representation of your country.

“I think we can only give the correct messages, it’s then you’ve got to rely on people behaving themselves.

 

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