UK police to help tackle hooligans at World Cup

9th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 March 2006, LONDON - Some British police officers will be given the power to arrest hooligans at this summer's World Cup in Germany, the British Home Office revealed Thursday.

9 March 2006

LONDON - Some British police officers will be given the power to arrest hooligans at this summer's World Cup in Germany, the British Home Office revealed Thursday.

A total of 79 officers - 44 in uniform- will travel to the tournament, which runs June 9 to July 9, and 29 of those will have powers of arrest just like their German counterparts.

Four German police officers will also be deployed in the United Kingdom to help in the preparations to prevent more than 3,000 known troublemakers from travelling to Germany.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke also called on England fans to respect German laws, including the one which bans Nazi salutes.

"The reason why the German parliament brought in these laws was because the era we're talking about was one of total horror," he said.

"It's not a joke, it's not a comic thing to do, it is deeply insulting and wrong. Anyone that's thinking it might be entertaining to get involved in this kind of thing, I would urge them not to do so."

DPA

Subject: German news

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