Hundreds of British and West German soccer fans clashed with each other and police early Wednesday leaving behind a trail of wrecked automobiles and shattered shop windows, police said.
A police spokesman said 130 people were arrested, including 95 Britons, in the violence that began Tuesday night and continued until 3 a.m. Wednesday.One policeman broke a finger and another was cut by a beer glass but the number of injured soccer fans was not immediately known, the spokesman said.
"No one knows why" the fighting began, the spokesman said. It was the third night of violence attributed mainly to British soccer fans visiting West Germany for the European championships.
But Herbert Schnoor, interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, of which Duesseldorf is the capital, blamed West German fans for the violence.
"German troublemakers chose Duesseldorf to show the English fans, who certainly are no angels, who the real heroes and tough guys are," he said without elaborating.
A police spokesman in the city of Cologne said Tuesday several people were injured and required medical treatment after a "massive riot" in that city by British fans in which 22 people were arrested.
The clashes in Duesseldorf broke out between British fans drinking in cafes and bars around the main train station and about 150 West Germans who had attended a game between West Germany and Denmark in the city of Gelsenkirchen.
About 400 police officers tried to separate several hundred English fans and about 150 German supporters fighting around the main railroad station and in the narrow streets of the old quarter.
Authorities said the violence spread quickly across Duesseldorf, 35 miles north of Bonn, with rioters using beer bottles, fists, chairs and tables as weapons.
The fans wrecked 20 automobiles, broke rows of shop windows and demolished furniture in sidewalk cafes, causing damage estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars, police said.
Extra security officers were ordered for a match Wednesday night between England and Holland in Duesseldorf, at which 7,000 English fans and 22,000 Dutch fans are expected.
Almost 2,300 officers will be on hand, 500 more than originally scheduled. The two nations are notorious for their soccer fans.
"Only a massive police presence can discourage the rioting hordes," said Bernd Abetz, head of the Dueseldorf security police department. Abetz banned bars from staying open later than 1 a.m. Drinks will be available in the bars only in plastic cups but many bars have decided to close Wednesday.
"The Tommies (British) have destroyed a pub around the corner," said Cleide Phillipsen, owner of a Duesseldorf bar. "I am going to board up my windows. I couldn't find anyone who wanted to work for me. I hope that these madmen will be away by Thursday."
Two-thirds of the bar and restaurant owners in Duesseldorf's Altstadt (old town) said they will close Wednesday night for fear of violence after the England-Holland game.
"I will shut down," restaurant owner Ludwig Wernig said. "It'sere."
English soccer clubs are already banned from playing in Europe because of the reputation for violence of British fans, but the ban did not apply to the European championships.
Even before the Duesseldorf fighting, violence involving English fans in Stuttgart Sunday where Ireland defeated England 1-0 prompted demands in England that the English team be withdrawn from the tournament.