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Thursday, 29 June, 2000, 21:52 GMT 22:52 UK
Dutch party turns sour
Dutch and Italian fans
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Dutch police reported several incidents of violence after Holland's Euro 2000 campaign turned sour following their semi-final defeat at the hands of Italy.

Holland's previous four games in the championships - all wins - had been followed by street parties.

But the mood quickly changed after the Dutch side were denied a place in the final by Italy, who won through on a penalty shoot out.

Police with horses and dogs charged into crowds in Amsterdam and The Hague after frustrated fans vented their anger by hurling missiles at police.



There were small incidents over the whole country

Police spokesman Peter Beljon
Police had to call in reinforcements to restore order in both areas as more than 100 arrests were made.

"There are small incidents over the whole country," said police spokesman Peter Beljon.

He added: "There was some unrest from people who lost their temper. People were disappointed and drank too much."

Beljon would not say how many people had been detained, but added that fighting had broken out in at least six of the larger cities.

Holland, with a population of 15m, estimated that 11,000 fans watched the match on television, while businesses closed early to allow employees to watch the match.

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