Undercover UK police to mingle with English fans

9th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

9 June 2006, FRANKFURT - German police will be assisted by 30 undercover British officers and 49 in uniform in their handling of English fans arriving in Frankfurt for their country's opening World Cup game against Paraguay Saturday.

9 June 2006

FRANKFURT - German police will be assisted by 30 undercover British officers and 49 in uniform in their handling of English fans arriving in Frankfurt for their country's opening World Cup game against Paraguay Saturday.

British officials say 45 of the uniformed officers will work with their German colleagues at airports, train stations and in trains. The remaining four will work in the city centre.

British Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker, who visited Frankfurt to see the joint operation between German and British officers, said he wanted it made clear that his country was doing everything it could for security at the event.

While he assumed there would be no trouble from the 40,000 fans expected to descend on the city for Saturday's Group B opener, he refused to rule it out.

"It can never be any guarantee but we are confident that everything possible is being done to prevent individuals known to pose a risk leaving England during the tournament," he said.

Over 3,000 known English hooligans have had their passports confiscated to prevent them from travelling to Germany in the first place.

DPA

Subject: German news

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