Minor clashes erupted between rival supporters ahead of the biggest game between the two teams in 25 years. Two arrests were made this afternoon as Leicester Square fans were detained on suspicion of common assault, Westminster Police said.
“There are currently several thousand football fans in the Leicester Sq area and this is being closely watched,” a force spokesperson said.
“Two arrests were made for common assault. In light of the Covid restrictions, we advise individuals not to travel to the area unless absolutely necessary.
The mood also changed in Covent Garden around 6 p.m. as marauding fan groups set off in search of fights, with a Scottish fan left bloodied after a clash with rival supporters.
Scotland Yard and political leaders renewed their calls for calm amid fears the mood could turn sour later at night, as Nicola Sturgeon eased tensions – urging those arriving in the capital to stop chanting “Racist” after fans repeatedly sang anti-English songs.