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EURO 2004: HOOLIGANS GREET EXIT WITH SICKENING VIOLENCE
FOOTBALL hooligans added shame to England's Euro 2004 misery.
As devastated fans realised it really was all over, thousands of supporters targeted anyone of Portuguese origin.
Riot police used tear gas as 1500 England supporters went on the rampage in Jersey after their team's defeat on Thursday night.
The marauding fans tore through the island's capital St Helier which has a large Portuguese population hurling bottles and other missiles.
Officers in full riot gear tried desperately to hold the angry mob back as they headed for the island's Portuguese Club.
Supporters clashed during two hours of mindless violence.
Portuguese restaurant owner Isabelle Whittingham said: 'A group of lads came up to me and said, 'You had better go inside or you might be a dead woman'.'
One policeman said: 'It was shocking. There's been nothing like this in Jersey in living memory.'
Trouble flared across England after the final whistle.
In Norfolk, yobs laid siege to a pub where Portugal supporters were celebrating victory. Fans from both sides had watched the game in the Red Lion, Thetford.
But as the game came to an end a mob gathered outside, smashing pub windows and setting fire to cars.
Terrified Portuguese fans were trapped for two hours before being escorted to safety by police.
Pub owner Heraldo Viegas, 29, said: 'This is not what I thought English people were like.
'Panes of glass are broken. Cars outside have been set on fire. It's just terrible.
'We don't hate England. If they had won we would have said, 'Well done'.'
Riot officers clashed with more than 100 England supporters in Croydon. A crowd of 100 attacked a kebab shop in Boston, Licolnshire, and there were also scenes of violence across Hertfordshire, which led to 17 arrests.
In Liverpool, a man had his ear cut off in a fight.
And police were investigating the death of a 29-year man in a pub in Banbury, Oxfordshire, after the match .
England fans have a reputation for hooliganism and caused serious trouble in France during the World Cup in 1998 and in Belgium at the last European Championship in 2000.
England fans have once again been involved in violence abroad - this time during Euro 2004 in Portugal.
Despite pre-tournament pleas from Sven Goran Eriksson and David Beckham, a minority of fans have once again gone on the rampage.
If the violence continues England could be kicked out of the tournament, ruining everything for the rest of the country.
We asked why the thugs continue to wreak havoc across Europe despite all the warnings - and what should be done to stop them?
Here is a selection of your views:
this by drunken morons makes me ashamed to be English. Next time, send in
the riot police with a few rubber bullets as a warning. Then, if trouble
continues, reload with the real thing. It would do our nation a massive
these animals should be treated as such and be penned up by taking their
passports away. Whilst I am an avid football fan I would throw the England
team out of the championship and ban them for 5-10 years. This would
provoke an outcry and these animals would be hounded out of the game by
the majority of sensible supporters. Enough is enough.
I really don't
understand why kicking England out of the tournament will effect the
behaviour of the hooligan minority who are not there for the love of the
game anyway. Surely expelling the England team will only provoke further
outbreaks of violence.
Here we go again.
Sometimes I feel ashamed to be English. Why is it that 43,000 England
rugby fans can get drunk while celebrating a World Cup win without a
single arrest or outbreak of violence, yet a much smaller group of
football fans seem intent only to cause mayhem. Someone please explain!
Bring the team home Ė we keep barking about it, lets have some bite and
show the thugs that this is serious. Only then will they learn.
Take a lesson from
the Scottish, be happy and enjoy yourself, regardless of the score.
It is a shame a
few people spoil the party, but I am aware that Englishmen are not the
only people that cause trouble. Yet the spotlight is on us all the time.
The only answer I see is no beer sales, or a curfew at the bars.
Once again it proves a minority of fans cannot handle their drink. How
dare the hooligans blame the riot police. I say kick England out of the
tournament. Only then would they stop their stupid and immature behavior.
I was in Lisbon
for the game aganst France. I saw no trouble or potential trouble
whatsoever, just everyone mixing and having a great time. Portuguese,
French, Croats, Swiss and English were all mixing together in a friendly,
fun atmosphere. All it takes is one idiot to throw a bottle or glass and
the police have no option but to charge in and try to disperse the crowd.
Who can blame them, with our reputation? I would like to praise all those
fans who made my visit to Portugal an enjoyable and memorable time.
You lot need to
lighten up and take a leaf out of our book - 80,000 Celtic fans in Seville
last year and not one arrest. That is more than double the English fans in
Portugal. The press need a raincheck. England will never win this type of
competition - the team simply isn't good enough - despite their rantings.
So don't fill your 'fans' with fantasies.
yourselves and your country down by thuggish behaviour. Enjoy the sport.
I have just got
back from Lisbon (watched the England - France match). People need to
understand many things. Lisbon was taken over by English fans but it was
very friendly both inside and outside the stadium. There are more England
fans than any other team in Euro 2004. What people see back home is very
different to what happens over there. Whilst I do not support any trouble,
I feel that there are two sides to every story and we only hear and see
one side back in the UK.
This is not
supporting the team, itís just a good excuse to have a holiday, booze, get
drunk and just be a nuisance to the normal supporters. Come to America. I
go to NFL football and baseball games, the fans are mixed. We shout and
scream, drink beer, but we do not become hooligans and beat each other up.
Very rarely will you see trouble brewing with the Irish, Scottish or Welsh
on holiday, yet the English seem to thrive on this yob culture. Where else
in the world would you see rioting in the streets after a football game
thousands of miles away?
I was so proud to
see the St George's flag flying when the rugby squad won the World Cup,
now when I see it flying on cars for the football I feel ashamed again. It
is sad to think that every country now thinks our most well-known export
is a group of retarded men who can not stop drinking, swearing and
fighting over a pointless kicking of a ball.
We are staying a
few miles away from Albufeira(Carvoeiro). The trouble is not even a topic
of conversation here. It's a great party atmosphere.
If any trouble
brews when Scotland fans travel abroad the majority ensure those
responsible don't spoil it for the rest. Genuine England fans must also
play their part in stopping the violence from spreading.
fans are no trouble when at major tournaments. This is because they're so
phased by the novelty.
UEFA, European soccer's governing body, has warned the Football Association that the national team could be banned from the tournament if fans cause trouble in Portugal.
William Gaillard, UEFA's communications director, said: "The UEFA position is as it was the night before. This is unrelated to football and the sort of thing that happens in the Mediterranean in the summer.
"We are sure the Portuguese police can handle this. It is not a problem for UEFA as England are playing their matches hundreds of kms away."
The street of bars and clubs had been lively but peaceful during the evening as England fans mingled with Dutch supporters watching the Netherlands' 1-1 draw with Germany on big screens and televisions.
Gangs of youths began arriving after midnight and the street soon filled with chanting revellers who blocked the road singing football songs.
Then groups of men, many of them were wearing England shirts, started throwing bottles and chairs at police. Officers called for reinforcements in riot gear, with dogs and on horseback.
Police ordered the public away from the area and closed the restaurants and cafes, cordoning off the street.
'Hooligan Ringleader' Freed By UK Court
The England fan arrested and sentenced to two years in prison in Portugal for inciting a riot has been given bail by a court in the UK.Garry Mann appeared before Uxbridge magistrates in west London.
The Foreign Office had already confirmed that because of a legal loophole the 46-year-old would not spend any time in jail in the UK.
Senior legal adviser to the court, Philip Convery, ordered the Birmingham City fan to surrender his passport.
Mann was told that police will seek to secure a football banning order preventing him from attending matches in the UK and Europe. He was bailed to appear at court again on July 28.
England lost on penalties to hosts Portugal on Thursday in the Euro 2004 quarter-final. While the home fans celebrated, English supporters drowned their sorrows peacefully in Lisbon.
"Clearly last night was disappointing on the pitch but heads can be held high off it," Miles said.
England had been warned by European soccer's governing body, UEFA, that it could be thrown out of the tournament if there was a repeat of the Euro 2000 trouble.
Away from Portugal there were sporadic outbreaks of violence following England's defeat.
In Jersey police made 14 arrests after using CS gas to disperse a crowd of 1,500 who threw bottles at police and Porguese fans. In Thetford, Norfolk, 11 people were arrested after up to 300 England fans surrounded a Portuguese pub
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