Germany 'ready' for neo-Nazi World Cup violence

24th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 March 2006, HEILIGENDAMM, GERMANY - Germany is ready to deal with potential violence from neo-Nazis during this summer's World Cup finals, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Thursday.

24 March 2006

HEILIGENDAMM, GERMANY - Germany is ready to deal with potential violence from neo-Nazis during this summer's World Cup finals, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Thursday.

"We're taking things very seriously," Schaeuble said during a meeting of interior ministers from six European Union states in the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm.

The minister was commenting on Italian media reports that neo-Nazis would try to disrupt the month-long tournament beginning June 9.

"Disruptive elements and criminals would encounter well-organized security teams" ready to deal with any threatening actions, the minister said.

British Home Secretary Charles Clarke called on fans attending the World Cup to respect German laws.

The two ministers praised the cross-border cooperation between police forces and football authorities ahead of the competition, particularly in the area of fan control.

DPA

Subject: German news

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