Thursday, November 11, 1999 Published at 12:51 GMT
Police security operation severely tested
Around 6,500 England fans hadtickets for the match
The biggest security operation ever mounted for a British sporting event was severely tested as Scotland and England fans clashed following the Euro 2000 play-off at Hampden Park.
Strathclyde Police had said they were confident that the measures they had put in place would prevent trouble, despite fears that some Scots may have been sold tickets for the English section of the stadium.
English supporters were escorted in and out by Hampden's King's Park entrance, and the Scottish fans via the Mount Florida gate.
A woman told how she saw a group of England fans being ejected from a pub in Buchanan Street.
Fighting broke out and the woman said: "It was absolutely amazing - there were about 60 policemen on the scene within about two minutes.
"It was absolutely incredible and I think some of the England fans were arrested."
More than 250 British Transport Police from England were sworn in under Scots law to travel with supporters taking trains across the border.
In a parallel move, 111 English hooligans were identified by the National Criminal Intelligence Service and served with orders requiring them to report to their local police stations in England just before kick-off.
"We are dealing with that by undertaking very high visibility policing throughout the weekend, from Friday night to Sunday, with a significant number of plain clothes officers."
He stressed that the vast majority of fans would be well behaved.
Scotland will play England at Wembley in the return leg on Wednesday.