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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 11:33 GMT 12:33 UK
Fans held after fresh clashes
Police arrest a man in Albufeira on Tuesday night
England know they could be sent home if trouble continues
A second night of clashes between England football fans and local police in the Algarve in Portugal has ended with dozens more arrests.

Portuguese police said 32 fans had been arrested overnight, in addition to the 12 held on Monday night.

Mounted officers and riot police clashed with around 250 bottle-throwing supporters in Albufeira - the scene of similar ugly scenes the previous night.

Uefa has previously warned England that hooliganism could see them expelled.

Twelve fans arrested in the resort on Monday night are appearing in court on Wednesday.

They have been charged with public order offences and resisting arrest.

Three green police vans carried the English fans to court, where a small group of friends and well-wishers had gathered to offer support. One shouted "I'm innocent" as he was led into court.

All of the dozen attending court - who were aged between 19 and 46 - were handcuffed. A Russian and a Portuguese man also came to court.

Albufeira, a resort packed with bars, is the base for the majority of England fans who have travelled to Portugal for Euro 2004.

Police arrest two men in Albufeira on Tuesday night
Most English fans are based in the Algarve
In the first stand-off between fans and police, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, officers had moved into an area known as The Strip at around 0130 BST after fans spilled out of bars into the street.

Some fans accused the Portuguese police of heavy-handed tactics and of indiscriminately attacking people not involved in the violence, which has centred on La Bamba bar on both occasions.

A Uefa spokesman said England's position was not under threat, but said action could be taken if violence spread to matches.

"From our perspective we view it as unrelated to the tournament. It is not being viewed as football hooliganism by Uefa.

"However, if it changes - and we hope it doesn't - and there is trouble around a stadium or around an England match that position could change and we would have to review it.

"At the moment however we are viewing it as the sort of problems that might be encountered in any busy beach resort where people have been drinking too much."

Sports Minister Richard Caborn told the ITV News Channel: "These are not fans, they are hooligans, thugs who just go out there to cause trouble."

But Mr Caborn does not believe England will be thrown out of the competition.

"I have been talking to the Portuguese authorities, Uefa and my colleagues in the Football Association.

"They know that we have taken every step possible to root out this rogue element."

Racism allegation

Police spokesman Captain Manuel Jorge said 32 England fans had been arrested and that one fan was treated in hospital for an eye injury.

Capt Jorge said: "It happened at the same time and the same place as the night before.

The whole set of England fans are tarnished with the same brush
Simon, London, UK

"There were about 300 of them. They were singing, and some of them were racist to some black people who were there.

"At around 2am they began throwing bottles and glasses into the road. They were also throwing tables and chairs at the police.

"We had to use horses and dogs to bring the situation under control, and we had to order the closure of other bars in the area and evacuate the people from them.

"We had the situation under control by 4am."

The BBC's Ben Brown
"The trouble began after hours of heavy drinking"

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