World Cup security concerns focus on English, Dutch fans
Hooliganism is a big concern for the 2006 finals in Germany. At the last major tournament to be held in Germany, the 1988 European Championship, there were serious problems involving Dutch, English and German fans.
Tournament rules for the 2006 finals in Germany prevent switching any matches from the venues assigned at Friday's draw in Leipzig.
That could see group games involving England and the Netherlands being held at some of the smaller venues, increasing the chances of ticketless fans turning up and providing a greater security risk.
Hosts Germany and champions Brazil, by contrast, have already been allocated slots to ensure their group matches are played only in the larger stadiums of Berlin, Munich and Dortmund.
World Cup organising committee vice-president Horst R. Schmidt told a news conference on Wednesday, "Once we know where England and the Netherlands matches will be, we will come up with concrete plans on security."
I would have thought Plan A would be keep a lid on host nation supporters and don't be so stingy with the ticket allocations! The final public sales window, which opens on 12th December, will put around 250,000 tickets up for grabs. The final figure will be decided by 31st January.
Gavin Corder's Blog: Germany gears up for the World Cup