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Saturday, November 13, 1999 Published at 07:49 GMT

Running battles as fans clash

Police were quickly on the scene

Police have arrested 51 people as fans fought running battles in Glasgow city centre following Scotland's 2-0 defeat by England at Hampden.

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Officers were quickly on the scene as tension boiled over in Buchanan street and at Central Station.

A number of people were injured. Some had blood running down their faces.

Police used horses to segregate rival supporters as they poured out of pubs and clubs after the game.

More fighting broke out as hundreds of England fans were escorted across the concourse at Central Station.

Travellers fled in terror as dozens of fans surged towards an exit.

Police officers wielding batons fought running battles with the fans and a number were arrested.

Police cordon

About 200 police officers formed a huge gauntlet for departing supporters to pass through on their way to trains to take them back to England.

The atmosphere in Glasgow turned sour as fans left Hampden Park following the Euro 2000 qualifier.

Only 52,000 lucky fans had tickets for the match, although millions watched the game on television in pubs.

Demand for the tickets had been at fever pitch and there were reports that some have changed hands on the black market for up to £800.

Around 6,500 England supporters have tickets for the game, and fans without tickets were told not to travel to Glasgow.

Special trains were laid to bring them to Scotland and the bulk of fans arrived just before 1300 GMT amid tight security.

British Transport police travelled on the trains crossing the border to make sure there was no trouble, and alcohol was not sold on board.

Millions of viewers

Ten England football supporters were arrested on Friday night, following disturbances in the city centre and Dumbarton.

However, police had played down the incidents saying that fans had been well behaved.

A spokesman said the arrests were for public order offences such as breach of the peace and disorderly conduct.

He said the scale of violence across Glasgow overnight on Friday was, if anything, lower than levels expected on a typical weekend night in the city.

It is estimated that, of Scotland's five million population, around three million will watch on television either at home or in pubs and clubs.

Around the globe, the television audience is also expected to run into millions.

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