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WORLD CUP NOTES
Published June 17, 1998
FRANCE WARNS AGAINST MORE TROUBLE: In N.Y., Christopher Clarey reports that after two days of unrest in Marseilles, "relative calm returned to France's second-largest city. The question now is whether the trouble is over or simply in remission" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/17). REUTERS reports that France "declared war" on soccer hooligans, saying that the violence would not be tolerated. Interior Minister Jean-Pierre Chevenement: "Utmost severity will be the order of the day" (CBS SportsLine, 6/17). Michel Platini, French World Cup Organizing Committee co-President, condemned the actions of the hooligans: "These actions were organized and are the actions of ringleaders. Everyone knows that the true English supporters, in the stadium, behaved in exemplary fashion." In L.A., Helene Elliott reports that the "wheels of French justice began turning in an effort to curb the violence darkening the World Cup's otherwise festive atmosphere." Some hooligans were brought before a judicial tribunal and others were expelled (L.A. TIMES, 6/17). NOTES: In Houston, John Lopez profiles Sunday's U.S.- Iran match. Iranian fan Hedayaed Azim: "Americans think of us as animals. Why? There is too much thinking around the world that we cannot coexist with other people" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/17)....Enthusiasm for the Cup is strong in Japan as NHK's broadcast of Japan's loss to Argentina on Sunday was the highest rated sports program in Japanese TV history with a 67.3% rating (DAILY VARIETY, 6/17).