9 ar­rests as Eng­land miss out

PO­LICE PRAISE FOR WELL-BE­HAVED FOOT­BALL FANS IN THE CITY

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI alexan­dra.rucki@reach­plc.com @Alexan­draRucki

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

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