England and Italy football fans clashed in Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square and set off fireworks as riot police struggled to break up the restless crowds, English newspapers reported.
Here is a timeline of some of England’s past problems with hooliganism:
October 1977: England fans cause major damage to the stadium at a World Cup qualifying game in Luxembourg.
June 1980: England fans riot in Turin, Italy, during a European Championship game against Belgium.
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May 1985: A human stampede occurred when mostly Juve fans escaping from a breach by Liverpool fans were pressed against a collapsing wall in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final. 39 people were killed.
June 1988: About 400 fans arrested for brawling in bars and streets at Euro games in German cities.
July 1990: England fans involved in violent scenes in Cagliari and Rimini during World Cup in Italy.
February 1995: Rightwing England thugs tear up seats and attack local fans at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road, forcing the friendly game against Ireland to be abandoned after 27 minutes.
June 1996: About 200 English fans arrested in central London after England loses to Germany in the Euro semis.
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June 1998: England fans clash with locals in Marseille and Saint-Etienne, France, at the World Cup.
November 1999: About 160 fans are arrested in running battles between England and Scotland fans before European Championship playoff game in Glasgow.
June 2000: About 850 fans – almost all English – are detained after rioting in Brussels and Charleroi, Belgium, before England’s Euro 2000 game against Germany. 56 people injured. UEFA threatens to throw England out of competition.
June 2016: Hundreds of fans, mostly English, clash with locals and Russia supporters in Marseille over three days. The worst riots take place the day of England’s opening Euro match against Russia.
March 2018: Before a friendly against the Netherlands, bicycles were thrown into Amsterdam canals and tourists on boats were pelted with bottles from bridges as Dutch police detained over 100 English fans.
June 2019: Riot police was called out to deal with fans causing chaos in Porto during the Nations League.