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Sunday, November 14, 1999 Published at 11:13 GMT


UK: Scotland

Scotland's misery writ large

Security for the match was tight

The front pages of Scotland's newspapers reflect the misery felt by many at the defeat by England in the first Euro 2000 qualifier match.

Battle of Britain
Images of the despair of the Tartan Army abound and acres of newsprint are given to analysing why Scotland failed to overcome the "Auld Enemy".

The arrest of over 160 people for match-related trouble in Glasgow is also covered, with the Sunday Herald taking the strongest line of the broadsheets to describe it as an out and out riot.

The headline, Black day for Scottish football, sets the scene for a sombre piece reflecting on both Scotland's disappointing performance and the trouble.

'Very successful policing'

Strathclyde Police on Sunday morning confirmed around 170 people had been arrested in Glasgow - they also said "adequate resources" would be deployed throughout the day to cope with any further skirmishes as more England fans head home.

Strathclyde Chief Constable John Orr later said: "Overall, I am delighted by the behaviour of the vast majority of the Scottish and English fans before, during and after the match at Hampden Stadium yesterday.

"Considering the rivalry and tension that exists between the supporters and the large number of people in and around the city, the policing of the event was very successful with no major incidents taking place.

"There was a small minority of so called supporters who, intent on causing trouble, were dealt with swiftly by my officers."

'Only half time'

He added: "I would reiterate that the high profile presence of officers, who dealt quickly with sporadic acts of disorder and violence, thwarted any major disturbances."

Most of the people arrested are due to appear in court on Monday for drink and disorder related offences.

The News of the World echoes Scotland coach Craig Brown's comments that it is "only half time".

The redtop tries to be relentlessly cheerful and optimistic by looking ahead to Wednesday's Wembley encounter with a breakdown of Scotland's past victories there.

But inside questions were raised about how long Brown can hang onto the top spot, although a readers poll claims to show 60% of fans are happy for him to stay on.

Saturation coverage

The Sunday Mail devotes its front page to a picture of a Tartan Army fan - with face painted in Braveheart style - crying into his scarf under the headline of That Mourning after Feeling.

The paper devotes 12 pages to the match and the ensuing trouble, plus it also boasts a 16 page special section about Wednesday's game.

But both tabloids concede Scotland were outclassed by a stronger England side and that something special will be needed from the team if they are to make it through to Euro 2000.

Scotland on Sunday asks on its front page, Haven't we been here before, while in the sports pages it simply states Despair.

'Away Scholes count double'

The paper provides in-depth analysis of Scotland's failings but provides few answers.

However, on a brighter note England's darling Paul Scholes provided headline writers with ample scope for clever headings.

Scotland on Sunday has Dwarfed Scotland hauled over the Scholes, while the Sunday Herald goes with Away Scholes count double.



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