Members of the triumphant Tartan Army were this morning seen heading to train stations in London still celebrating Scotland’s 0-0 draw with England – after 20,000 fans took over the West End last night ahead of the Euros tie.
Scottish supporters – many still wearing kilts and football jerseys – were seen making their way glumly across King’s Cross station platforms before boarding a train to Edinburgh this morning.
It comes after raucous clashes in central London last night, which saw 30 people arrested following the tense encounter at Wembley.
Before the end of the match, police cleared fans out of Leicester Square and sealed off the five entrances to the area, wary of any potential flare-ups between supporters.
Squads of police in fluorescent yellow jackets formed a human barrier to stop any fan from entering, while the William Shakespeare statue – which was scaled throughout the day – was also sealed off.
One England fan was arrested for taking a swing at an officer after he became angry at being unable to pass a police line. The other arrests included for racial aggravation, drunk and disorderly behaviour, possession of drugs and knuckle dusters.
One man – believed to be a Scotland supporter – had to be rushed to hospital after he fell from a sixth-floor window of a hotel in Lancaster Gate last night. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening, Met Police confirmed.
While Leicester Square was cleared before the match finished, more than 1,000 fans poured back into to the area from pubs in central London later in the night. Police eventually took the decision to allow them back inside the cordon.
Today, workers will have to clean up the mess from the night before, with the area described by some on social media this morning as looking ‘like a war zone’.
Meanwhile, crowds of Scottish fans made their way to Kings Cross station as they begin the long journey back north of the border
Supporters, many still wearing kilts and their team’s colours, made their way towards trains back up to Scotland
Three supporters wearing kilts make their way through Kings Cross station this morning before the long journey home
Scotland fans leaving at London’s Kings Cross train station today after last night’s Euro 2020 match against England
Scotland supporters make their way towards trains back home at London’s Kings Cross station earlier this morning
A Scotland fan, still wearing a kilt, checks his phone as he waits for a train back up north from London’s Kings Cross station
Rugby fans were seen walking outside King’s Cross Station in London as they went to get their trains
Three fans – all wearing kilts and two in football gear – looked glum-faced as they made their way inside King’s Cross Station
Thousands of empty beer cans and bottles were left strewn over pavements, along with bags of rubbish and traffic cones lodged in mud thickened by yesterday’s torrential rain.
A total of 30 people were arrested in central London as part of the policing operation for the Euros clash, Met Police said.
The force added 25 of the arrests were in central London while five people were arrested in the vicinity of Wembley.
Scotland Yard said in a tweet today: ’13 arrests were for public order offences, six for drunk and disorderly, four for assault on police, three for assault, two related to Class A drugs and one each for breaching a dispersal order and breaching a banning order.’
Leicester Square fell within a dispersal area giving police powers to move people out. One police officer said last night: ‘No fans are being allowed to congregate here for the rest of the night.’
A mass clean-up begins this morning after the Tartan Army left Leicester Square covered in litter for a second consecutive night
One man – believed to be a Scotland supporter – had to be rushed to hospital after he fell from a sixth-floor window of a hotel in Lancaster Gate last night. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening, Met Police (pictured at the scene last night) confirmed
Workers will today have to clean up the mess from the night before, with the area described by some on social media this morning as looking ‘like a war zone’
Thousands of empty beer cans and bottles were left strewn over pavements, along with a number of bags of rubbish
A bin was tipped over amid the raucous celebrations last night, with rubbish also left strewn across pavements
Beer cans, bottles and plastic bags were left floating in the water at this fountain in central London’s Leicester Square
Two Scotland supporters walk through an area covered in empty and smashed bottles, with rubbish strewn all over the place
A traffic cone along with dozens of cans and bottles of booze was left in the mud, thickened by yesterday’s torrential rain
The statue of Mr Bean in Leicester Square is surrounded by rubbish left by Scotland fans who celebrated late into the night
Police eventually entered Leicester Square at 12.45am to actively encourage fans to leave and they said the area was cleared within half an hour.
A red flare was set off as hundreds of fans continued to gather, some kicking footballs and others filming on their phones while people sang ‘No Scotland, no party’ as others clapped and cheered.
Police earlier admitted they had to ‘flexibly’ manage the huge swathe of fans who took over the English capital.
The stalemate favoured Scotland who were the underdogs going into the highly-anticipated encounter, which leaves them with a slim hope of gaining qualification to the knockout rounds.
Before the game, there was a party atmosphere in Leicester Square as Scotland fans scaled statues, sprayed each other with beer and chanted together.
Fans parted to allow the Three Lions fans walk through – then tossed beer over them as they hurried by and let off blue and white smoke flares chanting ‘I’d hate to be English’ before the game which kicked off at 8pm.
The Tartan Army had been in the pub since 10am, trashing central London and leaving the capital’s landmarks strewn with detritus having completely ignored pleas from Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Met Police to stay away.
They flouted a Scotland Yard two-day order warning them not congregate in the West End from 3pm yesterday – and instead they partied in Leicester Square where they danced in fountains they filled with foam into the night.
Scotland fans let off flares in Leicester Square after the England v Scotland game ended in a 0-0 draw on Friday at Wembley Stadium
Scotland fans clamber over a statue of William Shakespeare during their celebrations of the draw while one supporter wears a cone on his head
The Metropolitan Police said 26 people had been arrested as part of the overall policing operation on a night of revelry in the English capital
Scotland fans chant outside Leicester Square tube station as supporters thronged into the city centre for a night of partying
Thousands had descended on the capital for the crucial game in the group stages of Euro 2020, whose result leaves Scotland with a glimmer of hope
Crowds thronged into Leicester Square in central London after the scoreless draw at Wembley on Friday night
On Friday afternoon, officers admitted defeat in trying to move on the fans and said they would implement a ‘flexible policing plan… to reduce the likelihood of crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour’.
Chief inspector Joe Stokoe said: ‘We have contingency plans to deal with any number of potential incidents as they arise but my message is clear: if you don’t have ticket to the matches, fan zone or officially booked into a pub, bar or club, please do not come to London – you could end up missing the game.’
After a night of disorder, the fans were back on the beers in the West End today with 20,000 Scots said to be in London already and thousands more heading down by train from Glasgow and Edinburgh throughout the day.
When the hundreds of fans finally dispersed from Leicester Square, the whole area was littered with crushed beer cans, broken bottles and plastic bags.
Most of those fans still chanting were visibly drunk, some barely able to stand and staggering away with the sound of crunching glass underfoot.
Opposite the Hippodrome Casino an Ambulance crews had one fan strapped to a stretcher but before they could take him away he vomited.
His friend was equally drunk and was propped up against a wall by a police officer, but despite the state of many present, no arrests were made.
Many have questioned why Nicola Sturgeon allowed the fans to travel south as she appealed for them to ‘stay safe’ on Friday and ‘be respectful to our hosts’.
She strongly condemned the thousands of Rangers fans who gathered earlier this year to celebrate their league title, but has not spoken out strongly against the Scottish fans descending on London.
Many noted the irony that Sturgeon imposed a travel ban to Manchester and Salford because of rising cases there at the same time as tens of thousands of Scots travelled to London without a ticket to the game.