A number of England supporters have been arrested and another injured amid violent clashes with police in Prague ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier this evening.

Three Lions supporters hurled bottles at just before 7pm local time, while local police in full riot gear returned fire with stun grenades.  

A pool of blood was left on the cobbled street where one man was pinned to the ground.

He was seen receiving treatment in the back of an ambulance, while others were marched one by one with hands behind their backs into a police van.  

It came despite warnings that supporters could face a £200 on-the-spot fine for drunken behaviour in the historic city.

Czech police lead away a fan before England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague on Friday

Czech police lead away a fan before England's Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague on Friday

Czech police lead away a fan before England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Prague on Friday

Two Czech police officers arrest a fan while others are made to lay on the ground nearby

Two Czech police officers arrest a fan while others are made to lay on the ground nearby

Two Czech police officers arrest a fan while others are made to lay on the ground nearby

The 10 arrested supporters are made to lie on the ground before being led away

The 10 arrested supporters are made to lie on the ground before being led away

The 10 arrested supporters are made to lie on the ground before being led away

A recorded warning was played in English before the Czech police advanced on the fans, who had taken over a small square in the city’s Old Town. 

Stun grenades were fired by police as fans were forced back through a small archway as bottles continued to be thrown.

About a dozen men were forced into a corner and made to lie face down, while another was seen being pinned to the floor nearby as officers secured the scene.

A Czech police officer told MailOnline: ‘The England fans were very drunk and started throwing bottles at us.

‘We fired the stun grenades to ensure they dispersed quickly. We detained 10 England fans and they will now face the Czech legal process.’

Czech Police later confirmed there had been a total of 31 arrests, including 14 ‘foreigners’.

Police were unable to confirm how many arrests have been made.

Another fan is made to put his hands behind his back as a police officer arrests them

Another fan is made to put his hands behind his back as a police officer arrests them

Another fan is made to put his hands behind his back as a police officer arrests them

One supporter is carried away by two police officers just hours before England's match

One supporter is carried away by two police officers just hours before England's match

One supporter is carried away by two police officers just hours before England’s match

It comes after England supporters descended on Prague ahead of their team’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Until night fell, there had been little trouble, with police involvement limited to telling fans to remove flags from buildings.

But as bottles were pelted at officers, a recorded warning was played in English warning them to ‘obey the law’ and that face coverings and pyrotechnics are illegal.

Czech police then advanced, firing stun grenades as English fans were forced back through a small archway as missiles continued to be thrown.

About 10 men were pinned into a corner and made to lie face down, while another was seen being held on the floor nearby as officers secured the scene.

Almost 3,800 Three Lions fans bought tickets for Friday night’s clash, although more are believed to have travelled.

The late kick-off time of 8.45pm and the city’s party reputation led to fears of a repeat of ugly scenes witnessed on recent trips to Amsterdam, Dortmund and Porto.

Czech police charge England fans

Czech police charge England fans

The police they set off stun grenades

The police they set off stun grenades

Czech police charge England fans before setting off stun grenades outside of bars and pubs

Hundreds of fans took over a small square in the city’s Old Town, chanting and drinking.

One local resident fought back against the noise, producing a megaphone to protest from his second-floor window.

The fixture also coincided with a national day of mourning for the country’s most famous singer, Karel Gott, who died last week, and travelling fans have been told to be respectful of mourners.

Ahead of the game, the Football Association asked supporters to ‘report that idiot’ if they see anti-social behaviour, while police urged those going to the game to not ’embarrass themselves’.

Deputy chief constable Mark Roberts, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s football policing lead, said: ‘Prague’s a beautiful city. Go, enjoy it, it’s an absolutely fantastic place. We’ve got a team that’s worth supporting and celebrating so there’s plenty of things to go and enjoy.

‘Just don’t embarrass yourself or anyone else by drinking to excess and behaving in a way where you will see yourself on film or in print the next day.’     

Source : Mail Online

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