Dienstag, Mai 06, 2008

One month before the Euro: Hooligan problems flare up again

With only a month to go before Euro 2008 kicks off in Basel, recent crowd violence at matches in Basel and Bern has raised several awkward questions.

Organisers say they are confident the tournament, which is being co-hosted by Switzerland and Austria, will be a safe success but the media are not so sure.

After Basel scored their second goal on Friday against FC Zurich – Basel eventually won the match 4-0 – a section of Zurich fans in the first tier lit flares and fireworks, which had been smuggled in, and threw them onto Basel fans below.

Problems continued after the game and a total of 45 people were injured, mostly lightly, although three people were taken to hospital. Twelve people were arrested.

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