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Swiss police say disruptions following first Euro 2008 matches were minor

Swiss police say disruptions following first Euro 2008 matches were minor

Police said that the opening matches of the European Championship passed largely peacefully, with the most noteworthy development when horn-honking Portugal fans blocked a major road.
Police, who were prepared for hooliganism and worse, had little to contend with beyond scuffles and drunks, according to police statements Sunday.
Zurich police said they arrested a total of five allegedly violent fans in the early evening Saturday in an open-air zone with a large screen showing Switzerland's 1-0 loss to the Czech Republic. Later, they said they detained 10 people in the center of town, some of them for drug infractions.
In Basel, 12 people were detained for confronting police.
Portuguese, one of the largest foreign communities in Switzerland, celebrated their team's 2-0 victory over Turkey in cities and towns across the country. Only in Zurich, the largest city, did police report breaking up a noisy cavalcade of cars when a major street became completely gridlocked.
But celebrations by pedestrians and motorists in Geneva and elsewhere continued into the night.
Swiss, who usually demand adherence to local regulations for quiet typically starting about 11 p.m., were warned in advance by authorities that they would have to live with exceptions during the three-week event.
Some 140 Czech fans had to spend the night in Basel because their Saturday night flight home was canceled because of airplane problems, but they were offered free accommodation by local authorities prepared for such eventualities.