German football hooligans prepare for World Cup

25th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 October 2005, HAMBURG - Hamburg police are expecting trouble from hooligans in Hamburg and Hanover during next year's World Cup finals in Germany, an officer close to the local hooligan scene has told local radio.

25 October 2005

HAMBURG - Hamburg police are expecting trouble from hooligans in Hamburg and Hanover during next year's World Cup finals in Germany, an officer close to the local hooligan scene has told local radio.

"The World Cup is also a highlight for hooligans," Rainer Timm, who regularly deals with hooligan issues in Hamburg's stadiums, told NDR radio.

Timm revealed that many local hooligans have toned down their actions so as not to come to the attention of police ahead of the World Cup, which runs June 9 to July 9, 2006.

They are also trying to organise themselves nationally as German hooligans so that they can fight with hooligans from other countries.

Timm is especially worried about hooligans from Eastern Europe, who he says are "even more prone to violence than our own".

"Certainly, as a result we are going to see an awful lot of police in the city (of Hamburg)," said Thomas Model, the man responsible for security in Hamburg during the World Cup.

Hanover, where 200 hooligans are believed to be looking to form a "northern coalition" with Hamburg hooligans, will also have a strong police presence for the tournament, said Model.

DPA

Subject: German news

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