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England hooligan label 'banished'
England fan being arrested
England fans who were arrested have now been released
English football's hooligan reputation has been banished after a successful World Cup for fans, the UK police chief in Germany has said.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas was speaking after 80,000 England fans travelled to Gelsenkirchen to watch England lose on penalties to Portugal.

It was a record number of fans abroad for one game and meant a total of 315,000 travelled to Germany.

He condemned the troublemakers in the tournament "as drunken English yobs".

His comments came as the England team returned to the UK from Germany, dropping southern-based players off at Stansted.

But the Manchester-bound plane then had to be diverted to Liverpool to drop off northern members of the team because of poor weather.

Mr Thomas said: "I have not said it till now but they are not football supporters, they are drunken yobs. They are the drunken English yobs that do exactly the same behaviour at home in our towns and cities."

He said how and why that was allowed to happen in the UK had to be addressed.

I was convinced we had a team who could reach the final
Sven-Goran Eriksson

German police arrested 120 England football fans in Gelsenkirchen after the team was knocked out of the World Cup.

They said many of the detentions were preventative and added that all of the fans had already been released.

Of the 6,000 people arrested so far in Germany, 711 have been English. Figures revealed that 510 of those arrests were in Stuttgart and 105 throughout the day on Saturday in Gelsenkirchen.

They included 50 people arrested for throwing beer at performers on a stage in the town centre.

Jury out

Many of the arrests seen in Germany have been what the German police call preventative arrests. Most of those came in Stuttgart.

Mr Thomas said the jury was still out on that approach.

Banning orders for people arrested in Germany are likely to number in the tens.

Simon Clements, head of the UK CPS Operation in Germany, said: "It is the first time prosecutors have been deployed in Germany. The operation has gone well."

He said banning orders may be sought for a tiny minority held for football-related violence. or who were arrested for other offences but have a previous history.

Outdated stereotypes

Consul General in Gelsenkirchen Dr Peter Tibber said a largely well-behaved travelling support would leave Germany having dismissed outdated stereotypes of the country.

He said Germany had shown how they could party, had a sense of humour, and the country was somewhere to come to watch good football and have a holiday.

As fans travelled home after England's exit from the tournament, Kevin Miles, of the Football Supporters Federation, praised fans for their good behaviour and thanked the German authorities for the way they had welcomed people to their cities, especially to watch the tournament on giant screens.

The fallout from England's exit has continued after David Beckham gave an emotional press conference in which he revealed his decision to relinquish the England captaincy.

Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson also gave his last press conference as England boss.

Of Beckham's decision to quit, he said: "He's been a very good captain and very proud to do the job."

After the game on Saturday, Eriksson said: "I was convinced we had a team who could reach the final."

However in Jersey, more than 150 England and Portugal fans were involved in clashes with police. There were 40 arrests, Jersey Police said.

Unrest

Unrest on the streets of Jersey's capital St Helier began shortly after the Portugal win and officers sealed off an area of Portuguese shops and businesses.

It was only the second time in the island's history that riot police had been deployed.

But in Bolton, Greater Manchester, up to 500 drunken football fans attacked police in a major disturbance.

Police say they were overwhelmed by the trouble, which lasted for around two-and- a- half hours.

Twelve people were arrested, but no-one was injured.

In Harlesden, north London, the mood was celebratory as jubilant Portuguese fans drove up and down the high street cheering and waving flags from their cars.




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