Nearly 100 supporters face charges after riot

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15 June 2006, DORTMUND - Nearly 100 football supporters face charges after Polish and German hooligans caused the first major riot at this year's World Cup, police said Thursday.

15 June 2006

DORTMUND - Nearly 100 football supporters face charges after Polish and German hooligans caused the first major riot at this year's World Cup, police said Thursday.

Police said they detained 429 trouble-makers Wednesday before and during Germany's game against Poland, including 278 Germans and 119 Poles. Other nationalities were not immediately available.

Rioters and bystanders pelted police with stones and chairs during the riot in downtown Dortmund, which began when police surrounded about 150 known and suspected hooligans who had gathered in an apparent attempt to cause trouble.

Most of those were Germans, but clashes also erupted between German and Polish fans in town for the match.

All of the detainees were released by mid-day Thursday, but 96 remained under investigation for possible charges of causing a disturbance and similar offences, Dortmund police said.

A former French policeman who was beaten nearly to death by German hooligans at the 1998 World Cup attended Wednesday night's game Wednesday, invited by the German Football Federation as a gesture of reconciliation.

Daniel Nivel, 51, spent six weeks in a coma after German hooligans beat and kicked the then police officer during riots before a Germany-Yugoslavia match in France on June 21, 1998. He remains seriously disabled and unable to speak.

"I hope that this as a way to show that hooligans are unwelcome in this sport," German federation chief Theo Zwanziger said on ARD television. "But from this sad event have grown new friendship and hope."

DPA

Subject: World Cup, German news

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