VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN WEMBLEY STADIUM AS ENGLAND DEFEATS SCOTLAND 3-0
Violence erupted in the stands in Wembley as Scotland were defeated 3-0 by England in the Group F qualifying match.
Pictures show men swinging punches while they are held back by fellow supporters after the match.
One man was left bloodied and had to receive medical assistance from the police and security inside the stadium.
Shocking video footage, sent via snapchat after the match, showed one man punching another, who was left bloodied and bruised.
In the video, two men fight one another, with one man seen punching another in the head.
Another fan intervenes and appears to be trying to keep the men apart.
But the bloodied fan instead clambers over the seats, getting closer to the fight. The incident is believed to have been an isolated one.
It came after a day of chaos in the capital, with fans descending on Trafalgar Square and blocking Covent Garden.
The match kicked off in Wembley stadium at 7.45pm but Scottish fans had been making the most of their day in the capital, storming through Trafalgar Square and even blocking Covent Garden.
Daniel Sturridge netted the first goal in the 25th minute for the English side, followed by a second half goal from Adam Lallana.
Gary Cahill added the third to the total in the 61st minute.
A free kick in the second half’s two minute’s stoppage time for Scotland wasn’t enough to claw a goal back and England retained a clean sheet.
The win will be a boost for England’s chances of going through the qualifying stages as they started and finished the evening at the top of Group F.
Slovakia beat Lithuania 4-0 and Slovenia versus Malta finished 1-0 to Slovenia.
England now has 10 points, with Scotland languishing in fifth place with four points.
Goalscorer Adam Lallana was awarded man of the match.
Fans praised the teams for wearing black armbands with poppies on them, to mark Armistice Day, despite FIFA not clearing the kit change before the match.
Teams have been threatened with a points deduction or fine if they went ahead and wore the symbols, which commemorate those who fought and lost their lives in conflicts old and modern.
It remains to be seen if England will retain the points they won in Friday’s match. Wales decided not to wear the symbol to avoid risking a fine.
FIFA said it did not allow teams to wear anything that made a ‘political’ statement in a match.
Thousands of Scottish football fans took over today ahead of a historic showdown against the ‘Old enemy’ at Wembley tonight.
The Tartan Army set up base at Trafalgar Square – which hosted the annual Silence In The Square event earlier in the day – ahead of the World Cup qualifying match, with many monuments draped with the Scottish Saltire flag.
The Scottish FA pleaded with Tartan Army fans to be respectful of commemorations this morning, with the travelling Scots immaculately preserving silences across the capital.
But it changed later in the afternoon, with attentions turning towards the crunch match with England – while one fan stripped off and jumped into the fountain still full of paper poppies from the morning’s events.
Blood pouring from one fan’s leg covered a Saltire flag as paramedics attended a concussion, taking at least one fan away in an ambulance.
Public toilets had to be closed due to deliberate damage such as equipment being kicked and tiles being pulled off, police and workers said.
Hundreds of fans blocked Covent Garden as they made their way through the capital for the evening’s game.
There were chants of ‘Big Sam’s a liar, Scotland’s gonna qualify’ as the fans drank in pubs and in Trafalgar Square.
As the fans made their way to the stadium, they did so to the tune of bagpipes on the tubes.
Scores of people came down from the column, leaving a sea of shattered glass, wet cardboard and spilled alcohol on the landmark.
One of the lions flanking Nelson’s column had a traffic cone placed on its head mirroring the Duke of Wellington statue in Glasgow.
Passer-by Nicoletta Morelli said: ‘It’s not so nice to see London like this. I have not forgotten the hooliganism of British
fans in Rome.’
Gillian Johnson, a heritage warden with the GLA, said it was ‘terrible’, adding: ‘It’s really not fair, this is supposed to be a public place.’
A foreman cleaning the mess said he had come to ‘expect this level of mess’ when football fans are in town.
Shortly before the 11am Armistice Day silence, a group of 22 servicemen from all over Scotland congregated at King’s Cross.
Kenny Petrie, 45, said: ‘We travel for games as a group quite often – this year we’ve been to France, Prague and Malta.
‘We’ve never had any trouble in England, but there is more friction in Europe, like at the Euros.
‘England are trying to escape the hooligan stereotype. We just want a peaceful game and a Scottish victory.’
Andy Robbins, 48, a football coach, said: ‘It’s a double-edged sword, Remembrance Day. If anything does happen, it’ll be tainted by who’s to blame.
‘With regards to the football, I think England expect too much.’
Bars at both Euston and King’s Cross, including The Scottish Stores pub, were teeming with kilt-clad members of the Tartan Army in good spirits.
Traditionally, the travelling Tartan Army head to Nelson’s Column for pre-game refreshments on the day of the game, sometimes arriving in the early hours.
It is understood that The Royal British Legion has held discussions with the Scottish FA and advised fans to gather in Trafalgar Square only after their planned events
Around 20,000 Scottish fans are expected in London, despite an away ticket allocation of 13,700.
In 2013, when the two sides met in a friendly – the first clash in 14 years – tens of thousands of Scots held a party outside the National Gallery from 8am to 7pm, despite police pleading with them to avoid the area.
That day the Metropolitan Police decided against trying to move them on. However, after they left a massive clean-up operation took in the square by Westminster Council.
Around 10,000 beer cans were left on the ground and in the foamed-up fountains. As part of the Armistice Day commemorations people will be invited to throw poppies in the fountains.
Speaking in September, the spokesman for the Association of Tartan Army Clubs Tam Ferry said its inevitable that Scotland fans will still use Trafalgar Square for their pre-match party and he urged the football fans to respect any events going on at the time.
culled from dailymail.co.uk