Wednesday, December 07, 2005

World Cup security concerns focus on English, Dutch fans

(Reuters) - World Cup organisers said on Wednesday they will focus security concerns on matches involving England and the Netherlands as soon as Friday's draw has determined where they will play.

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

Category: Football_


Blogger Six Years Late said...

Gav your archiving's gone all weird

Wed Dec 07, 11:44:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Crikey! So it has! It's given January 2005 to the stalker! I didn't start this until September...spooky...

Blogger's been a bit weird this evening.

Wed Dec 07, 11:53:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Gavin Ayling said...

And yet it's the Turks that we should be most worried about IMHO...

Thu Dec 08, 11:56:00 AM GMT  
Blogger ianhug66 said...

Hi Gav, how come England have been seeded so high, a bit of fixing me thinks. You're a very prolific blogger mate, can't keep up. Hope alls well.

Thu Dec 08, 12:51:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Maethelwine said...

I don't understand why you don't just hand one of these smaller venues over to the fans in question and pass out sticks. You could channel the hooliganism into a contained, sporting opportunity for high stakes gambling. You know, as sort of a (vastly more engaging) sideline to the whole soccer bit.

Thu Dec 08, 01:52:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Six Years Late said...

Gav, question for you oh sage. How do you get keywords recognised by the Blogger search function. I've typed in a few things that I thought would flag mine up and it didn't.


Thu Dec 08, 05:09:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Gavin Corder said...

Gret idea Maethelwine, and call it fight club!

I don't know that you can specifically Six, but if you submit your blog to Google, it will start to index your blog - this then gets picked up by most everything else.

Yuo can swot up a bit about Metatags and Kewords in your template that should get you a higher google result. If you right click my blog - on a bit that hasn't got a picture or anything - go to View - View Source - at the top you'vve got stuff about META names.

Copy that - put it in the same place on yours - just replace the text with stuff appropriate to yours...

Then submit to Google and search engines everywhere!

Thu Dec 08, 05:56:00 PM GMT  
Blogger flyingfinn said...

Maybe they could keep an eye on steward at the Finland v Italy World Cup qualifier. The many of their hardcore fans are nutters; neo-nazi ones at that.

Thu Dec 08, 08:21:00 PM GMT  
Blogger flyingfinn said...

I can't wait. England will win.

Thu Dec 08, 08:21:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Span Ows said...

it's the draw tonight Finny, looks like it's me and you in Gavin's blog at the same time but his template has gone wrong and all his bumph is at the bottom of the blog

Sort it Gav, I thought at first you'd gone all pretentious and not 'need'all these little toys we like to add!

Fri Dec 09, 03:06:00 PM GMT  

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