Cops arrest 30 as Scotland fans take over London to celebrate draw with England

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At least 30 people have been arrested as Scottish fans partied throughout the night to celebrate the Tartan Army's 0-0 draw with England.

They included four for assaults on police after flares were set off as kilt-wearing fans draped in Scotland flags sang Flower of Scotland and chanted "No Scotland, no party" in London's Leicester Square.

Metropolitan Police Events tweeted: "30 people were arrested as part of our policing operation for #England v #Scotland game.

"The majority were in central London; five were in the vicinity of Wembley. Thank you to everyone who complied with officers as they engaged with crowds all day and into the night.

"There were 13 arrests were for public order offences, six for drunk and disorderly, four for assault on police, three for assault, two related to Class A drugs and one each for breaching a dispersal order and breaching a banning order."

Scotland fans have been celebrating into Saturday morning after the result kept their hopes alive that they could still qualify for the next round of the tournament.

At Wembley the Scotland players lapped up the applause of the Tartan Army who stayed behind to celebrate the result as the England fans hastily left.

The Met Police said officers encouraged people still in Leicester Square to leave at 12.45am on Saturday, and officially cleared the area half an hour later.

Many of the thousands of supporters travelled south for the match did not have a ticket and had not organised a place to watch the big game.

A dispersal order had been issued for central London, giving police extra powers to break up groups of people where they believe their behaviour is causing a nuisance, harassment or distress.

A fan zone in Trafalgar Square – where Scotland fans traditionally congregate when their team faces the Auld Enemy in London – was reserved for 750 key workers.

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Meanwhile a 3,000 strong crowd of supporters watching the match at Glasgow's fan zone erupted into huge cheers when the final whistle went on the 0-0 draw.

The result comes off the back of Scotland's 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic on Monday with England defeating Croatia 1-0 the previous day.

Scotland will face Croatia at Hampden Park at 8pm on Tuesday, while England will play the Czech Republic at Wembley at the same time.

  • MET Police
  • London
  • Euro 2020
  • Scotland

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