World Cup win: England fans celebrate

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

England fans celebrated peacefully their team's 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago with dancing in the streets and howls of joy and relief.

World Cup win: England fans celebrate
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England fans celebrated peacefully their team's 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago with dancing in the streets and howls of joy and relief. It was the kind of post-game mood German and British police had hoped for and eased, at least for now, concerns about the continuation of fan-police clashes that resulted in more than 400 arrests Wednesday in the city of Dortmund. Police reported little trouble following Thursday's game, which England won with two late goals. "About a dozen people were arrested for scuffling and one was arrested for giving a Nazi salute," deputy police chief Mark Huennemeyer said. Quiet except for shirtless England fans' singing and chanting "England" in a city center suddenly adorned with English flags. As many yelled, some lined up at pay phones to call home and share their glee or posed for pictures with Trinidad fans. All the while, police stood at periphery, some wearing flack jackets. Close coordination German officers had worked with their British counterparts to control the tens of thousands of British fans in town. The threat of hooliganism has been an off-the-field focus of the month long World Cup, and England's supporters have been among the most violent at major tournaments in Europe. In preparation, British authorities confiscated passports of known hooligans and Germans drew up extensive policing plans. While much of the focus was on the English, Dutch and Polish, it was Germans who broke the tournament's opening calm before their team's 1-0 win over Poland in Dortmund. "When officers tried to apprehend a group of men they described as hardcore hooligans, the men responded by throwing bottles and chairs and shooting fireworks," police chief Hans Schulz said. More than 100 Germans were arrested in that incident and 429 in the city overall, including 119 Poles. Tournament organizers lamented that the clash occurred near the stadium where special guests included a French policeman who was beaten into a life-threatening coma by German thugs at the 1998 World Cup in France. (AP)

Topics : Football ICC World Cup, 2011
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