14 June 2012
About 100 England fans and 200 Sweden supporters chanted loudly towards each other in the Kyiv fan-zone, but several efforts to break a line of security personnel were quickly halted.
Article from the Guardian:
|Security guards separate Swedish and English fans after they clashed in the fan zone in Kiev ahead of the Euro 2012 game. Photograph: Stringer/REUTERS|
England and Sweden football supporters were kept apart by security at a fan zone in Kiev on Thursday night.
The two sets of supporters, in the Ukrainian capital ahead of Friday's Group D encounter, chanted loudly towards each other, but several efforts to break a line of security personnel were quickly halted. About 100 England fans and 200 Sweden supporters were involved.
Minutes earlier the thousands of football supporters inside the fan zone were drenched by a heavy downpour as they watched Spain play Ireland on large television screens. The England supporters had congregated at a marquee opposite an area set aside for Sweden.
Around 20,000 Scandinavians are expected at the Olympic Stadium for Friday night's match, compared to 5,000 from England.
Chris Banks, 24, a project manager from Reading, Berkshire, said: "Sweden have got their own bars and restaurants so they all congregate in the same place. But England fans are making themselves known. We're loud!"
Travel agent Phil Davis, 34, from Nottingham, said: "They're pretty much everywhere, it's a little part of Sweden but we've set up camp opposite them. It doesn't match up, but it's a decent effort."