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Wednesday, 13 May, 1998, 07:31 GMT 08:31 UK
Editors' World Cup warning
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How the Daily Star reported the world cup tickets story
The chairman of the newspaper industry watchdog is to warn editors against xenophobic outbursts during the World Cup.

Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, will warn newspapers not to carry articles capable of inciting violence.

His concerns come just two months after the national tabloid Daily Star attacked the French for allocating Britain too few World Cup tickets.

In an editorial headlined 'Frogs need a good kicking', the Star said "a good kicking on their gallic derrieres is the only language the greedy frogs understand."

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England and Scotland fans will be in France
Complaints made against the Star have not been upheld but Lord Wakeham is determined newspapers will not incite World Cup violence.

During Euro 96, The Mirror, another national tabloid, was criticised for its 'Achtung Surrender' headline with mock-up pictures of England players Paul Gascoigne and Stuart Pearce wearing World War II army helmets.

The Mirror switchboard was jammed and the PCC received more than 300 complaints.

Editor Piers Morgan apologised but said the front page splash had been meant as a joke in the tradition of UK television comedies such as Dad's Army and 'Allo 'Allo.

Thousands of England and Scotland fans will be in France for the World Cup, providing the potential for trouble.

Lord Wakeham hope his appeal will help editors keep their eye on the ball and not encourage hooliganism.

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