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England fans given next match ban
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The England fans were freed from custody after the match
German police say they have banned a total of 129 England fans from attending the World Cup quarter-final match against Portugal on Saturday.

The supporters, part of a group of 500 detained over the weekend in Stuttgart, will not be able to travel to Gelsenkirchen for the match.

More than 100 supporters held by German police since being arrested on Friday night are expected to return home.

England beat Ecuador 1-0 in their second round knockout match on Sunday.

Troublemakers arrested

The 117 supporters, held at different locations in and around Stuttgart were released on Monday morning.

Some 375 arrested on Saturday night were freed after England beat Ecuador but were banned from Stuttgart city centre.

There were only a few arrests after the game in Stuttgart, where England fans celebrated in torrential rain.

BBC correspondent Jane Peel, in Stuttgart, said hundreds of England supporters stayed on the streets celebrating despite the rain and a vicious storm.

UK police in Germany for the tournament said those arrested after the match included two people identified as known troublemakers.

England fans celebrate in the rain

Those already released and about to be released were held at various locations in the city and have not been charged with any criminal offences.

They were arrested under German police powers to prevent trouble after minor outbreaks of disorder.

Of the 378 supporters arrested on Saturday, three were expected to remain in custody under investigation for criminal offences.

Sports Minister Richard Caborn said some fans' conduct had been "unfortunate" - but was not as bad as the "thuggery" of the past.

"I think we just keep it in proportion. It's not going back to the dark days of a decade or more ago when we had some real thuggery around," he told the BBC.

Chairs thrown

Some 60,000 England fans are thought to have been in Stuttgart for the game, where England beat the South American team 1-0 to make their way to the quarter finals.

They drink continually throughout the day. They stay in the same spots. As the day goes on their behaviour degenerates
ACC Stephen Thomas

German police said tables, chairs and bottles were thrown as England supporters came into contact with German fans after the host nation beat Sweden 2-0 on Saturday.

Five people and four police officers were said to have suffered minor injuries in the clash in Stuttgart's central square where the Fan Fest big screen viewing area is located.

The trouble followed a separate incident in the same square on Friday evening in which more than 100 England fans were arrested.

'Behaviour degenerates'

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Thomas, who heads the UK police operation for the World Cup in Germany, said the "preventative" arrests had come after a group had been drinking throughout the day.

England supporters in Schlossplatz, Stuttgart
Chairs were thrown by rival fans in the Schlossplatz

"I don't consider these people to be England football supporters because they damage the reputation of the real England supporters who will be here later," he said.

"Instead the focus has been on perhaps as many as 500 individuals who start drinking, some of them, at 8.30 in the morning.

"They drink continually throughout the day. They stay in the same spots. As the day goes on their behaviour degenerates."

Mr Thomas said UK police officers deployed as spotters had been filming the crowd and would be reviewing the evidence with the aim of obtaining banning orders on some of fans when they returned home.

Between five and 10 Germans were arrested on Saturday, police said.

The arrests in Stuttgart have more than doubled the number of UK citizens held so far during the World Cup.

Total arrests of all nationalities during the tournament stand at more than 4,000.

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