Racist hecklers to be evicted from Cup games

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9 June 2006, BERLIN - World Cup organizers warned racist hecklers Friday they would be ejected immediately from tournament stadiums.

9 June 2006

BERLIN - World Cup organizers warned racist hecklers Friday they would be ejected immediately from tournament stadiums.

Hans Florin of the DFB German football association security department said, "We'll stop any kind of political calls in the stadiums. Offenders will be removed and banned from further games."

He spoke as World Cup organizing committee officials in Berlin detailed a 4-million-euro programme to educate fans at the tournament to avoid racist slurs, including leaflets and "missions" that will spread the word to the crowds.

From the quarter-finals onward, captains of the teams are to back up the message.

World controlling body FIFA has required all players and officials to sign up to a fair-play policy that includes anti-racism provisions.

However it is to ease off enforcement of article 55 of its disciplinary code that punishes racist behaviour by fans. This is because fans will often be seated in mixed stands at the World Cup, making it difficult to pick out culprits.

Thomas Schneider, chairman of KOS, a German body that guides fans away from hooliganism, said, "We want to get the message to fans that they are not the problem: they are part of the solution."

DPA

Subject: German news

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