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Police fire water cannon at fans outside Ajax stadium

Eds: Updates with number of arrests.

Police in Amsterdam say they fired a water cannon at football fans "to put out flares and prevent unsafe situations" ahead of the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between Ajax and Juventus. Local broadcaster AT5 showed images of scores of chanting fans being hosed by the water cannon and responding by tossing fireworks and flares at police before mounted officers charge at them followed by riot police.

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Police in Amsterdam fired a water cannon at football fans "to put out flares and prevent unsafe situations" and carried out charges on horseback ahead of the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between Ajax and Juventus.

Local broadcaster AT5 showed images of scores of chanting fans being hosed by the water cannon and responding by tossing fireworks and flares at police before mounted officers charged at them followed by riot police. Police later said they arrested more than 30 people.

Earlier Wednesday, police in the Dutch capital arrested a total of 107 Italians suspected of possessing flares, a knife, pepper spray and fireworks.

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