The rest of the supporters were Italian. Ten officers were injured and a police car was damaged. There have been several incidents between Dutch supporters and the police, who also used tear gas.
Stones and Bottles
According to the police, agents wanted to prevent a Dutch group from seeking confrontation with Italian fans. They were pelted with stones and bottles. After that, the police also clashed with a group of Roma fans.
According to Albanian Daily News and Italian media, at least 200 Feyenoord players were involved in a fight with the police. That was near the Air Albania stadium, where Feyenoord will play against AS Roma tonight.
Albanian Daily News also reports on the basis of the police that several Dutch football fans who were drunk had an argument with a 45-year-old Albanian. That happened at a cafe. The man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Man on the ground
A photo posted by the news site shows a person lying on a terrace on the floor, with overturned chairs and tables next to him. According to the Albanian medium, eight Dutch people have been arrested for this, but the Italian news agency ANSA reports that they were only stopped.
Images of riots between football fans and the police are also shared on social media, although the authenticity of the images has not been verified.
Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, himself present in Tirana, reported earlier in the evening on NPO Radio 1 that about seven arrests had been made in the Albanian capital. “Possibly because of violence. We still have to find out exactly.” He called the arrests “inevitable” given the fans’ alcohol consumption.
According to the authorities, an estimated 50,000 people, including between 15,000 and 20,000 Dutch, will travel to Tirana for the match.
Albanian prince not happy with Feyenoord in Tirana
The Crown Prince of Albania announced on Twitter last night that Feyenoord fans were causing chaos in Tirana. Leka II in the tweet are concerned about what will happen after the Rotterdam team against AS Roma on Wednesday.
In an explanation, Leka informed the ANP that the combination of beer and peer pressure had an effect on young supporters. “Most of them are probably just having a good time, but Albanian police officers have been taken to hospital,” he said. “This is new for Albania. We only have boisterous crowds at political demonstrations. Football is normally a family affair here.”