England fans in Germany arrested for Nazi salutes despite Gareth Southgate plea

The Three Lions supporters were arrested after trouble in Munich on Monday.

By Press Association Published: 7 June 2022 - 7.13pm

A number of England fans have been arrested in Munich for making Nazi salutes and for damaging a hotel room ahead of the Nations League tie with Germany on Tuesday evening, local police said.

Eight supporters were arrested on Monday, largely in the downtown area of Munich, despite insisting they were determined to repair their damaged reputation, particularly in light of the unsavoury scenes at Wembley during the Euro 2020 final.

Three of them were arrested for making Nazi salutes while police said another fan caused an estimated 2,000 euro (£1,700) damage after he let off a flare inside his hotel room.

Four others were arrested for incidents including insulting police officers and urinating in the street.

Germany v England – UEFA Nations League
England football fans singing about striker Harry Kane outside Kilians Irish Pub in Frauenplatz square in Munich (Yui Mok/PA)

Many of the troublemakers were dealt with by being ordered to pay a security deposit of around 200 euro (£170)  – the local equivalent of an on-the-spot fine – while two who were unable to pay the money were brought before a district judge.

Some bars in the city closed early on Monday after becoming overwhelmed by the number of customers as large groups of fans wearing England replica shirts and carrying flags sang in the warm German sunshine.

Other pubs did not open at all on Tuesday after reports of incidents getting out of hand among some supporters.

Police were called to one “brawl” on Monday, reported to have involved 30 to 50 England fans, but said it had dispersed by the time armed officers arrived on the scene.

There are fears of further clashes later on Tuesday after some England fans bought tickets in the German-supporting section of the Allianz Arena.

England Press Conference – Hilton Munich Park Hotel – Monday 6th June
England manager Gareth Southgate had called on supporters to behave ahead of the game (Nick Potts/PA)

A Munich police spokesman told the PA news agency that police would only be able to stop England fans going in the home end if there was an expectation they may cause trouble.

He said that 700 police officers had been deployed to deal with the influx of England fans to the city since Saturday, considerably more than would be working for a Bayern Munich match.

It comes after a plea from England manager Gareth Southgate for fans to behave.

Some England fans were still in queues to get in, right up until kick-off, after complaining about a lack of organisation on the approach to the ground.

Supporters had to walk more than half a mile around the outskirts of the stadium before getting to security.

It led to a handful of fans complaining about a lack of warning, after some had inadvertently walked to the home entrance only to be turned back to the away end.

One fan, a 28-year-old from the Bristol area who asked not to be named, said: “We were here 70 minutes before kick-off, we walked the length of the stadium and then got turned back to go to another entrance.

“I got no problem with stewards, in fact I’m happy they’re here.

“But why wasn’t anyone telling us where to go?

“I’ve missed the anthems and now the start of the game. Shambles.”

Another England fan getting into the game late, Kevin Bromley from Ludlow in Shropshire, added: “I travel all over with England and when you go to Wembley it’s colour-coded, you are directed where to go.

“All they needed here was a sign at the station saying England end this way, Germany ends this way. This shouldn’t have happened.

“Singing the national anthem is a big thing for me, especially after the weekend we’ve just had (The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee). And now I’ve missed it.”

He added: “But I will say the police have policed it really well.

“They have been a presence but they haven’t steamed in. They haven’t been over-zealous.”

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