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Sod's Law strikes at anti-hooligan match

Date 6 Jul 2007

The organisers should have known, really. When you set up a special event to encourage football fans to behave more peacefully towards each other, and then invite those most likely to incite violence, there's only one way it can play out... A football match designed to help promote non violence among fans in Germany ended in a mass punch-up with five fans under arrest. The game was staged in Aachen as part of a police campaign against hooliganism. The violence started when five young players attacked a heckler who was kicked and punched to the ground, and then other players and fans waded in.

A police spokesman said: "We had thought this game would show local kids that sport was a meaningful way of spending their spare time."

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