Over 300 French football fans arrested in Amsterdam

Police guard in a detention center
Police guard in a detention centerPhoto: Politie

The Amsterdam police arrested 303 supporters of French football club Lille OSC at the Strandvliet subway station in Amsterdam on Tuesday for disrupting public order. The large group of football fans lit fireworks, used violence and walked on the subway tracks. By Tuesday night, eight of them were still in custody, the police said on Twitter.

The subway station is close to the Johan Cruijff ArenA, where Ajax played against Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. The Amsterdam club won 3-0. The Lille supporters were arrested all over the city, and taken to police stations on GVB buses, NU.nl reports.

Earlier in the evening, the police said that all arrested supporters are suspected of disrupting public order, but the police were still investigating who played what role. The eight Lille fans who are still in custody are facing charges of public violence. 

Metro 50 and 53 were halted for some time, due to people walking on the tracks.