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"A further effort to make life difficult for football hooligans"
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" Belgian police say their policy of zero tolerance is justified"
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"The English are no longer very popular here"
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Tuesday, 20 June, 2000, 07:11 GMT 08:11 UK
Turkish fans on rampage
turkish fans
Bar windows were smashed in Brussels
Trouble broke out again on Monday night - but it was the Turkish fans who rampaged around Brussels city centre after their team's 2-0 Euro 2000 victory over host nation Belgium.

The Turkish fans gathered in the Place de la Bourse, a few hundred yards from the Grand Place.

They targeted a few English fans in bars but those who came under attack did not retaliate and the situation was brought under control by riot police.

Our officers have proved they are well trained, they can react quickly and efficiently - I think your hooligans should be worried

Assistant commissioner of Brussels police

About a dozen English drinkers were in the Au Pot Carre bar in Brussels when bricks and a car tyre were thrown through the window.

Its English owner Andy Barrett, 52, said: "The Turks smashed six windows but they are reinforced so we managed to stop them getting in. The English people inside were rushed upstairs to a back room by our staff."

A number of Turkish fans have been arrested.

The Uefa threat to ban England came after 584 British citizens were arrested after a weekend of trouble in Brussels and Charleroi.

The vast majority were not charged but immediately deported.

Christian de Coninck, assistant commissioner of police in Brussels, described the British hooligans as "inhuman".

He said: "I think we were too soft on them. Our people are ready. Our officers have proved they are well trained, they can react quickly and efficiently - I think your hooligans should be worried."

Of the hundreds of people arrested before and after England's game against Germany on Saturday, one Englishman has been charged and is due to appear in a Charleroi court.

The man is described as being in his early 20s and he is accused of assaulting a policeman on Saturday.

Of the 300 people detained in Brussels at the weekend, two Englishmen will face criminal charges in court later this week.

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