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Friday, 26 May, 2000, 10:33 GMT 11:33 UK
Tournament boss backs Charleroi
Charleroi stadium
Euro 2000 boss insists Charleroi is safe
Euro 2000 tournament director Alain Courtois has rejected criticism of the venue for England's clash with Germany.

Fears have mounted that the 30,000-capacity Stade Communal in Charleroi is too small and potentially unsafe for such a high-profile encounter.

And a group of British MEPs last week failed in a bid to have the match switched to Brussels.

Courtois insisted: "All the Euro 2000 stadiums, including the one in Charleroi, are safe."

He also took a swipe at the critics whose concerns he believes are more to do with their own hooligan problems.

"To those who want to tell us what to do, I say 'take care of your own fans and we'll take care of the stadiums'," he stormed.

Jean Vogel, the man responsible for Charleroi's stadium during Euro 2000, echoed Courtois' comments to those still determined to get the venue changed.

"Stop causing panic among the people of Charleroi because of the England-Germany match," he pleaded.

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