Police laugh and joke with Scotland fans who shower them with beer as 20,000 revellers ignore Met dispersal order to party in Leicester Square
- Tartan Army flouted two-day order warning them not to congregate in West End
- Footage shows police officers doing nothing as supporters douse them in beer
- Other clips show fans jumping into fountains while singing football chants
Published: 11:20, 18 June 2021 | Updated: 14:43, 18 June 2021
Met Police officers were seen laughing and joking with Scotland fans who threw beer over them while ignoring a dispersal order to swarm Leicester Square last night.
The Tartan Army flouted a Scotland Yard two-day order warning them not congregate in the West End from 3pm yesterday – and instead partied through the night in Leicester Square where they danced in fountains they’d filled with foam.
Footage of the bizarre incident shows police officers doing nothing as they walk through a throng of football fans dousing them in beer.
Other video clips from the same chaotic event show Scotland fans jumping into fountains while hordes sing football chants.
The fans had arrived in London early for tonight’s Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland which will kick off at Wembley stadium at 8pm. +21
The Tartan Army 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+21
Footage of the bizarre incident shows police officers doing nothing as they walk through a throng of football fans dousing them in beer
Metropolitan Police officers seemed to find the funny side of the situation and some were seen smiling and laughing while fans shouted and threw beer.
Today they were back on the beers in the West End with 20,000 Scots said to be in London already and thousands more heading down by train from Glasgow and Edinburgh this morning.
Last night supporters hugged and posed with police officers meant to be dispersing them from central London.
Thousands of fans also spent the afternoon and evening in Hyde Park, which was strewn with litter including bottles and takeaway packaging. +21
A Met Police officer laughs as Scotland fans hurl beer +21
Other video clips from the same chaotic event show Scotland fans jumping into fountains while hordes sing football chants
One onlooker said: ‘It was a sight to cheer both sides. The atmosphere was great.’
Fully dressed football fans were seen running and jumping into fountains in Leicester Square to the delight of the crowd.
Onlookers shrieked with delight as fan after fan ran and plunged into the shallow waters.
One sopping wet Scotland fan then stood on the edge of the fountain before he began to shout the country’s national anthem – The Flower of Scotland. +21
One sopping wet Scotland fan then stood on the edge of the fountain before he began to shout the country’s national anthem – The Flower of Scotland+21
Scotland supporters were seen partying through the night in central London despite dispersal orders
Scotland supporters partied through the night in central London despite the Metropolitan Police issuing a 48-hour dispersal order yesterday.
Thousands of boozed-up fans draped in flags and wearing Scotland jerseys were seen chanting ‘we hate f***ing England’ as they jumped into the William Shakespeare fountain in Leicester Square, while others partied hard in Hyde Park – some naked – ahead of the 8pm match.
Fans poured off trains at King’s Cross Station yesterday, despite just 2,800 tickets being sold to Scotland fans, after Mayor Sadiq Khan pleaded with ticketless supporters to ‘enjoy the game from Scotland’. He previously said fans would provide a needed boost to London’s hard-hit hospitality sector.
The Mayor’s warnings that the influx of people would cause a ‘serious risk’ of spreading Covid-19 prompted pubs to cancel bookings, while London Ambulance Service admitted it had no plans to have an increased amount of medics on standby as a mass party broke out in Hyde Park.
Moment drunk Scottish fan is hit by a motorbike after stumbling across busy road as Tartan Army cause mayhem in London
By Tom Pyman for MailOnline
This is the moment a drunk Scottish fan is hit by a motorbike after stumbling across a busy London road.
The supporter staggers straight into oncoming traffic and the collision knocks both him and the biker – who tooted their horn on approach to no avail – flying.
The footage, filmed by a friend who can be heard laughing throughout the incident, has already been viewed more than 620,000 times.
The friend later posted a picture of the fan, sprawled across a bed, still wearing his Scotland shirt, confirming he wasn’t badly hurt.
It came as the Tartan Army took over central London overnight, despite the Metropolitan Police issuing a 48-hour dispersal order yesterday.