Fans clash in central London

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Hundreds of rival football fans clashed in Trafalgar Square last night, disrupting the centre of London after the England-Scotland football match, writes Matthew Brace.

A hard core of about 100 Scottish fans held their base at the foot of Nelson's Column and returned taunts from England fans gathered around the edges of the square.

Police officers in riot gear were called to nearby Leicester Square, where fans fought one another. Some officers had their batons drawn as they confronted chanting English fans.

More than 60 people were arrested yesterday for football-related offences, including 32 detained at Trafalgar Square. Others were picked up for ticket- touting and drunkenness.