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Sunday, 11 June, 2000, 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK
Clashes after Euro 2000 opener
Riot police in Brussels clashed with rowdy football supporters on Saturday night after Belgium defeated Sweden in the opening game of Euro 2000.
What began as a celebration by flag-waving, singing soccer
fans turned nasty when bottles and glasses were thrown at
police who responded with charges and volleys of tear gas.
Riot police fired tear gas to disperse crowds that tried to break through police lines to reach the Grand' Place.
Before the match, about two dozen people were arrested across Belgium on charges of ticket-touting, police said.
They included four Germans who were detained as they entered Belgium with 107 tickets for several Euro 2000 games.
Meanwhile Dutch police are warning potential troublemakers ahead of England's Euro 2000 match with Portugal that they too will be dealt with harshly.
But officers from the London-based National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) believe there is no reason to expect more than 6,000 ticketless fans.
Even so it is likely to be a major test of Euro 2000's security arrangements and police are warning that tear gas and batons will be used if there is any trouble.
Over £10m has been spent by police on extra security measures for the tournament.
Eindhoven Police spokesman Johann Beelen said: "Eindhoven police is known as friendly but strict so we will be there in normal dress. But if there is trouble we will arrest them or we will come down on them hard."
Hundreds of English fans are due to attend Sunday's lunchtime match between Turkey and Italy in Arnhem.They are thought to have bought their tickets before it was known who would be playing.
Police in Arnhem have rejected suggestions that English hooligans would travel there to attack Turkish fans.
A spokesman said: "We are not saying that the English fans without tickets are not welcome in Arnhem but we are not encouraging them to come here.
"We do not believe that there will be a repeat of what happened in Copenhagen."
Earlier on Saturday about two dozen suspected English football hooligans were turned back at the Dutch and Belgian borders.
Their names were on a list of known or suspected hooligans passed to police in the host counties.
Two UK soccer thugs travelling to Belgium on the Eurostar were also turned back after being spotted by British Transport Police.
Other convicted hooligans were ejected from Holland after being intercepted at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
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