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Soccer-Czech police detain 31 in rioting ahead of England qualifier


Reuters Prague
Updated: 12-10-2019 01:28 IST
Soccer-Czech police detain 31 in rioting ahead of England qualifier

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Czech police detained 31 people for rioting near Prague's historic Old Town Square on Friday ahead of the national team's Euro 2020 soccer qualifier against England, the police said on their official Twitter account. The authorities said they used force to detain a number of what they called "football hooligans", including 14 foreigners. Pictures showed broken glass shattered over cobblestone streets in the area which is normally filled with tourists.

Several thousand England supporters were expected in Prague for the Group A match with Czech authorities saying there would be a heavy police presence. Officials were also concerned ahead of the game due to the tens of thousands of Czechs expected to visit the city centre on Friday to pay their respects to pop singer Karel Gott, nicknamed the "Sinatra of the East", whose body was lying in state.

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COUNTRY : Czech Republic