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Police praise travelling Aberdeen FC fans after Dutch violence

Police Scotland have praised travelling Aberdeen football fans after outbreaks of violence before the team's Europa League match in Holland.

Eight people were arrested ahead of the Pittodrie club's 2-1 win over FC Groningen on Thursday.

Fighting is believed to have taken place in the Oosterstraat area of Groningen at around 18:30.

Chief Supt Adrian Watson said: "The overwhelming majority of travelling fans behaved in an exemplary fashion."

He added: "One or two perhaps let themselves down. Overall it was a very positive experience in Groningen.

Chief Supt Watson said some of the home support "caused a few challenges" and this will be investigated by the Dutch police.

He said: "There were a total of eight arrests for disorder and lower level offences.

"Police Scotland will continue to work positively with our counterparts in the Netherlands."

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