Football fans stopped from attending game

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Four suspected soccer hooligans en route to England's friendly against Argentina in Switzerland were arrested and stopped from traveling.

Football fans stopped from attending game
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Four suspected soccer hooligans en route to England's friendly against Argentina in Switzerland were arrested and stopped from travelling, police said on Friday. Instead of heading for Geneva, the four men, all from Rotherham in north England, will appear before a court at Chelmsford on Saturday, and police will ask magistrates to ban them under the Football Spectators Act. They were arrested at Stansted Airport on the outskirts of London. New legislation was introduced after violence involving England fans broke out at the 2000 European Championship in Belgium and the Netherlands. Since then police have stopped more than 3,000 known troublemakers from traveling to games both at home and abroad. The first of 6,000 fans have arrived in Geneva for Saturday's game, and there were no reports of serious trouble in the city on Friday night. (AP)

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen
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