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The BBC's Ben Brown in Charleroi
"Police here are bracing themselves for yet another night of trouble"
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The BBC's Adam Mynott in Charleroi
"They danced for a while in the fountain in the main square"
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Kevin Miles, Football Supporters' Association:
"There was no police presence until they arrived mob-handed"
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Lord Bassam, Home Office Minister
"They had promised a firm and swift response and that's what we want"
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Saturday, 17 June, 2000, 22:34 GMT 23:34 UK
Heavy policing as fans celebrate
Ecstatic fans danced in Charleroi's fountains
Ecstatic fans danced in Charleroi's fountains
Belgian police are keeping a watchful eye on hundreds of England fans in the centre of Charleroi, celebrating their team's 1-0 win over Germany.

Three thousand officers are on the streets of the small industrial city in an effort to prevent serious trouble.

fans celebrate
Most have been celebrating peacefully
Jubilant England fans danced in the fountains of the main square after the first English victory over Germany since the 1966 World Cup Final. There was no sign of German fans.

At half-time, about 20 England supporters were arrested after going on the rampage in one of Charleroi's city centre streets and smashing shop windows..

Riot police rounded up those involved and forced them into vans.

There was no major trouble inside the stadium although just after Shearer's 52 minute goal, a fan threw a missile on to the pitch which appeared to hit German striker, Jancker.

"Zero tolerance"

Despite only 6,000 England fans officially possessing tickets, several thousand more have made the trip to Belgium and much of the "neutral" stands at the ground were filled with England supporters.

Many others watched the match in bars in the centre of Charleroi.

Earlier in the day, police in the town exhibited their "double zero tolerance" policy, making 136 arrests after scuffles broke out.

The trouble started in the main square around lunchtime. Police brought in water cannon to separate the fans, who responded by throwing chairs and bottles.

Lines of riot police sealed off England fans at one side of the square and Germans at the other.

The atmosphere in the main square had remained largely upbeat and trouble-free before scuffles started between a minority of soccer supporters.

Deported fans

Meanwhile, England fans deported after Friday's violence have been landing at Manchester Airport.

Several complained that they had not been involved in the trouble but had been arrested anyway.

Electrical contractor David Lockwood, 24, of Huddersfield, said he would never follow the England team abroad again after the treatment by Belgian police.

"I was drinking in a bar in Brussels Square when the police blocked off the entrances and then took a load of fans from outside the bar.

"We thought it was okay and went and got the drinks in but the police came back and took us.

"There had been no trouble and no fighting I think the police just wanted to clear the streets," he said.

Fans in Charleroi used chairs as weapons
Earlier, chairs were used as weapons
About 40 people were brought back on board a Belgian Air Force Hercules transport plane, which was taken to a remote part of the airfield and was met by Greater Manchester Police.

Others are returning on a ship specially chartered by the Belgian government.

A total of 374 England supporters were arrested by Belgian police in Charleroi and the capital, Brussels, after disturbances on Friday.

An England football fan stabbed in the back during violent clashes with local youths in the centre of Charleroi on Friday is in a stable condition in hospital.

Meanwhile, authorities across western Europe have continued to target known troublemakers at points of entry.

The National Criminal Intelligence Service in London said that about 60 Britons had been refused entry to Belgium, Holland and Germany since the start of the tournament.

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