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SBD Global/February 22, 2013/International Football

Supporters Club Says Violence Could Keep Other European Football Fans At Home

A leading fans’ group "has warned violent attacks against British football fans could put many off travelling to Europe to support their clubs," according to Rawlinson & Penketh of the London INDEPENDENT. The fears "were expressed after football supporters were hurt in a violent, apparently anti-Semitic attack in France" Wednesday night. Supporters of Tottenham Hotspur "were assaulted in Lyon by '50 masked men,' whom witnesses said were giving Nazi salutes." Football Supporters Federation Chair Malcolm Clarke said he believed that "the threat of more violence would cause some fans to stay home." He said: "Any trip abroad, even the cheapest costs quite a lot of money, so there is certainly a danger. People are not going to pay out large sums of money if they think they are going to be at risk of violence" (INDEPENDENT, 2/21).
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