|feedback | low graphics version|
|You are in: Euro2000|
Tuesday, 27 June, 2000, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
England ban 'not the answer'
England should not be banned from international competitions as a punishment for their hooligan problems, Uefa believe.
Gerhard Aigner, director general of European football's governing body, said thuggish England fans had put a 'black veil' over what has been a stunning Euro 2000.
But he did not believe banning the national team or domestic English sides was the answer to eradicating hooligan behaviour.
Mr Aigner said he thought Euro 2000 had been an overwhelming success but had been marred by hooliganism incidents in Charleroi before the England versus Germany game when more than 350 so-called 'fans' were arrested and deported.
But England's early exit ensured there were no further scenes of disorder and Uefa did not have to carry out their threat.
Mr Aigner said: "First I insist on saying loud and clear that we must not exclude English clubs or England international teams because when there is an international competition held in England there is never the slightest problem.
"It's curious, isn't it?
I think rather we must work in depth with the English FA and the British Government.
"It will be hard work but we must give ourselves the means of eradicating hooliganism.
"We can't just continue like that just making idle threats."
"We Europeans can be proud of the spectacle on show.
"The play is of high quality. At that level I feel great satisfaction like the people in that stadia.
"But as for the rest there is this black veil which was drawn at Charleroi by English fans who had no tickets and were beyond control.
"I did not like that and I can not learn to live with this vision of football."
|^^ Back to top|
|Front Page | Results/Fixtures | Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Knockout | Teams | Sportstalk | Fans' Guide | AudioVideo | Photo Gallery