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Tuesday, June 23, 1998 Published at 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK


England fan stabbed

Most English fans were boisterous but good-humoured

An English fan is in a serious condition in a Toulouse hospital after being stabbed in clashes following Romania's 2-1 World Cup defeat of England.

[ image: Lotta bottle ... not too much trouble]
Lotta bottle ... not too much trouble
Police did not reveal the identity of the hurt fan, adding they were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Three other people suffered slight injuries and police detained 12 others in isolated incidents after the match in Toulouse. Two vehicles were damaged and two shop windows smashed, police said.

All but one of the youths held were French, several of them armed with baseball bats. The other was English.

Shortly before the game started, 30-year-old journalist Andrew Woodcock, from the UK news agency Press Association, had his collar-bone broken when a group of England fans attacked him.

[ image: 1,800 riot police were not needed]
1,800 riot police were not needed
Police in the southern French town say there was the odd scuffle, and some bottles were thrown, but the 1,800 riot police who had been drafted in stayed in their coaches.

Although England fans in Toulouse generally behaved themselves there was trouble after the match back at home, and in Majorca.

A policeman in Norwich was injured after trouble broke out in a pub while riot squads broke up fighting in Bedford town centre after the match.

[ image: The big screen in Toulouse was covered up]
The big screen in Toulouse was covered up
A police spokesman said: "When bottles and other missiles started being thrown at police we deployed six officers in protective clothing."

There were violent scenes in the small town after England's World Cup victory over Tunisia, and during Euro 96 and the 1990 World Cup."

Police charged 16 people with public order offences. They were bailed to appear before Bedford magistrates on Wednesday. Eight men remain in custody.

Meanwhile, police in Majorca had to disperse around 200 Englishmen who began vandalising cars shortly after the match.

One man was arrested after a driver pressed charges against him for damaging his car.

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