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Monday, June 15, 1998 Published at 12:25 GMT 13:25 UK

Sport: Football

Football violence round the world

Violence marred the pre-World Cup party in Paris

The sad history of violence involving football matches around the world.

World Cup, June 1998

France - Police fire tear gas to control fights involving English and Tunisian fans, and local Arab youths in Marseille. There are 49 arrests, including 27 English fans, with 30 people injured.

Argentine fans reported to be preparing to confront English fans in Marseille. Gang members said to have obtained free tickets and travel from the largest Argentine clubs.

Opening ceremony - Thirty fans, predominantly French or North African, but including 2 Scots, arrested in Paris a night of violence.

May 1998

Argentina - Three fans killed in a shoot out between gangs and police outside a stadium in Buenos Aires. Local championships suspended while clubs tighten security. Around 80 killed in football related violence in last five years.

Germany - Trams pelted with stones and 268 arrested before Cologne's relegation decider with Bayer Leverkusen.

Italy - Riot police and dogs take to the pitch and fire tear gas into stands when Atalanta's game with Juventus has to be suspended following missile throwing by home fans.

February 1998

Italy - A 32-year-old Treviso fan dies of heart attack during clashes with visiting Cagliari. He is the fifth fan to die in soccer related violence in Italy since 1979.


Italy - Violence flares on terraces at Italy versus England World Cup qualifier in Rome. England fans blame heavy handed Italian police.

Russia - More than 100 arrested in Moscow after two clashes between fans wielding iron bars, bottles and clubs left scores injured.

Holland - Ajax fan beaten to death by fans of fierce rivals Feyenoord.


Italy - A 24-year-old Genoa fan stabbed to death by a teenaged AC Milan supporter. Three months later two policemen stabbed trying to disarm a fan during Roma-Lazio tie.

Ireland - Friendly international between Republic of Ireland and England in Dublin abandoned after 27 minutes when England fans riot.


Sweden 1992 - Violence and destruction by English hooligans in Malmo and Stockholm at the European championship finals raises doubts within Uefa about whether England should host the next tournament in 1996. German fans also riot during the tournament.

Germany 1991 - fan shot dead in a fight between Leipzig and Berlin supporters.

1970s and 1980s

English fans riot on regular basis, led by the legendary "superhooligan" armies, such as Chelsea's "Headhunters" and West Ham's "Inter City Firm".

England 1986 - Five stabbed in a riot between 150 followers of Everton, Manchester United and West Ham on a cross-channel ferry, which is wrecked and forced to return to England.

Belgium 1985 - A total of 39 fans killed, 32 of them Italian, at Heysel Stadium, Brussels during rioting before Liverpool - Juventus European Cup final. England banned from European competition.

France 1984 - England fans cause £700,000 damage in Paris after 2-0 defeat by France.

Belgium 1984 - Tottenham supporter shot dead in Brussels and 200 fans held by police following riot before UEFA Cup Final against Anderlecht.

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