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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Soccer hooligans banned from tournament

What's this world coming to when poor hooligans are deprived of the right to enjoy a good game of footie?!

The Associated Press
2/4/2004, 9:27 a.m. CT

LONDON (AP) -- More than 2,000 known English soccer hooligans will be banned from traveling to the European Championship in Portugal, and undercover police officers will be deployed to identify more potential troublemakers. [...]

Police will ask known hooligans to hand in their passports and report to their local police stations when the games are taking place. England plays France, Croatia and Switzerland in the first round.

"Around 2,000 individuals are currently subject to banning orders preventing them from traveling to matches overseas and that number is expected to rise before the tournament," David Swift, deputy chief constable of Staffordshire Police, said Wednesday.

"Last summer the figure was 1,700 and, before Euro 2000, it was 100." said Swift, the soccer spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Somehow, the idea of "known hooligans" is rather comical.

Anyway, more alarming is the fact that these known hooligans are reproducing like rabbits, which I find alarming since it's a well-known scientific fact that watching soccer makes you sterile. If the cause of this is not found out, pretty soon the whole world will be filled with known hooligans, and that won't be a good thing.

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