Foreign police to patrol in Germany during Cup

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20 April 2006, BERLIN - About 320 foreign police officers will be on patrol in Germany during the football World Cup in a bid to prevent hooligan violence, the German government said Thursday.

20 April 2006

BERLIN - About 320 foreign police officers will be on patrol in Germany during the football World Cup in a bid to prevent hooligan violence, the German government said Thursday.

Britain, Poland, France and the Netherlands - all countries with known football hooligan problems - are sending up to 40 officers each to the World Cup games, said a statement.

The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Italy are each sending up to 20 officers with Portugal, Sweden, Belgium and Spain each sending 10 and Luxembourg five, the government said.

All officers will serve on German soil in their national police uniforms but will be commanded by German officers, the government stressed.

Several World Cup finalists, including Iran and Tunisia have not been invited to send uniformed officers but will each send one liaison official to work with German police, the statement said.

The finals run from June 9 to July 9 with 32 national teams playing at 12 German stadiums.

DPA

Subject: German news

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