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BRITISH HOOLIGANS CONTINUE TO DISRUPT GAMES IN FRANCE

          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). 

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