9 arrests as England miss out
POLICE PRAISE FOR WELL-BEHAVED FOOTBALL FANS IN THE CITY
NINE people were arrested in Manchester city centre after England lost to Croatia in the Three Lion’s crunch World Cup semi-final.
Greater Manchester Police said there were no serious incidents, but it was a busy night for officers, with many giving up their rest days or working extra hours.
The arrests were mainly for drunk and disorderly behaviour and public order offences.
Thousands of people watched the match on a big screen at Castlefield Bowl.
Trouble flared up between some fans during the second half, but it was quickly dealt with.
A group of people were kicked by security staff.
Medics were later seen attending to a man.
GMP tweeted this morning: “Thank you to the vast majority of fans last night who watched the England game out and about.
“Although the score didn’t go our way, fans by-and-large were brilliant and watched the World Cup semi-final in good spirits. “Nine arrests were made in the city. “Also a big thank you to all officers who worked hard to keep everyone safe, with many having to give up their plans. “Yesterday was a testament to fans – you came together, helped look after each other and dealt with the result graciously. “Bring on Euro 2020!” Extra officers were deployed to the city centre, as well as in other town centres across the region. On Saturday police said they were ‘as busy as New Year’s Eve’ following England’s victory against Sweden. A huge clean-up operation has been launched after last night’s Castlefield event. Coun Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s city centre spokesperson, said: “We always work quickly with our contractors to clean up following major events and the Castlefield Bowl was cleansed overnight and rubbish removed. “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in making the event a great success – despite the result in the end.” The match was also shown on big screens at Victoria Warehouse and Albert Hall. Bars and pubs across Greater Manchester were packed, but there were no celebrations after England crashed out.
Yesterday was a testament to fans - you came together and dealt with the result graciously GMP tweet
Fans watch the FIFA World Cup semi-final match between Croatia and England at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester