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BRITISH HOOLIGANS CONTINUE TO DISRUPT GAMES IN FRANCE
Published June 16, 1998
Crowd violence yesterday "broke out for a second day in Marseilles, as opposing fans hurled rocks and bottles at each other during England's match against Tunisia," according to Nicholas Woodsworth of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The trouble began on a city beach where the game was seen on a large screen. After England's first goal, "drunken England supporters threw bottles at the crowd," and the "violence quickly spread" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16). As of 9:00pm, 16 people were arrested and 22 had been treated at local hospitals. Fifty people were arrested and 35 hospitalized on Sunday night during fights in Marseilles. In N.Y., Christopher Clarey wrote, "Hooliganism, soccer's recurring headache, turned Marseilles into a city of tear gas for the second consecutive day" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/16). In Houston, John Lopez: "The continued problems involving the Hooligans cast a pall on what has been a fast-paced, high- scoring and relatively peaceful tournament" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/16). USA TODAY's Fred Coleman, on the English hooligans: "They are drunk. They are violent. They are racist. And they are in France, starting to bloody the festive atmosphere of the World Cup soccer championships" (USA TODAY, 6/16). Header over WASHINGTON POST story: "English Fans Incite More Violence." British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the group of fans "a complete disgrace to the country." Pele said, "Until now, (the World Cup) was so nice -- a lot of goals, everyone very happy. Now, we have this problem" (Steven Goff, WASHINGTON POST, 6/16). The FINANCIAL TIMES' Patrick Harverson writes that the fans' actions "have done nothing but harm England's chances of hosting the World Cup in 2006" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16). TEAR DOWN THE WALL: Nike said it was taking down posters featuring former soccer player Eric Cantona from its World Cup park in Paris after a French group said "they smacked of fascism." Nike's posters "used stark 1930s- style graphics, including a dictator-like image of Cantona, and slogans such as 'Young people of the world, football is calling you! Come and join us!'" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 6/16).