Police arrest 25 ahead of Manchester City vs. Ajax match

Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini (C) talks to his players at the Amsterdam Arena stadium Credit: REUTERS/United Photos

Police have arrested 25 football fans in central Amsterdam ahead of the Champions League match between Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam, a police spokeswoman said.

The arrests took place in the early evening in the city's red light district, a popular destination for visiting tourists, famed for its bars and legal brothels.

"Most of them were arrested for public violence," said Marjolein Koek, a spokeswoman for the police.

"Everything has calmed down now, and most of the supporters have gone to the stadium," she said, adding that police would decide whether to bring charges after further investigation.