World Cup security in question after fan trouble

29th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2005, AMMERBUCH - Security plans for the 2006 World Cup in Germany will be reviewed following fan trouble after last weekend's match between Germany and Slovenia, the security officer for the German football federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.

29 March 2005

AMMERBUCH - Security plans for the 2006 World Cup in Germany will be reviewed following fan trouble after last weekend's match between Germany and Slovenia, the security officer for the German football federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.

"The incidents are being taken very seriously by the World Cup organising committee," Alfred Sengle told Deutsche Presse-Agentur. "The security plan has to be reviewed now."

Five German and 20 Slovenian hooligans have been charged by Slovenian police after violence marred Saturday's friendly football match in Celje.

Two policemen - one Slovenian and one German - were slightly injured and several shop windows in downtown Celje were smashed during the trouble before and after the game which Germany won 1-0.

A total of 65 people - 45 of them from Germany - were arrested as a result of the violence and later released.

"The events which took place in this stadium (in Celje) can't be repeated with us (at the World Cup)," said Sengle. "You could only imagine the levels of hate shown if you were there yourself."

Sengle said that over 200 German troublemakers travelled to Slovenia for the match but none of them were part of the 750-strong official fan group, which got tickets from the DFB.

"Slovenia is an EU member with open borders," he said.

A government spokesperson said lessons would be learnt from the fan violence in Slovenia.

As a result, the national security plan drawn up for the World Cup by the German Interior Ministry and federal states will be modified for the Confederations Cup in the country, which runs 15-29 June and is being used as a warm-up event for the 2006 tournament.

Meanwhile, in an interview in Wednesday's Kicker sports newspaper, organising committee president Franz Beckenbauer called for improved international cooperation to fight hooliganism at the 2006 World Cup.

"Maybe we were too casual. The danger shouldn't be underestimated," said Beckenbauer.

DPA

Subject: German news

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