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Trouble halts hooligan book event
Villa Park
The book tells the story about the hooligan element at Villa Park
A book launch about a Birmingham hooligan group has been cancelled over fears of trouble with a rival gang.

The launch of Aston Villa's book, Villains, was due to be held at Sensations Club in the Balsall Heath area of the city on Sunday.

But police said it had been cancelled because of "health and safety fears".

It is thought members of Birmingham City's hooligan gang, the Zulus, might attend the event and after consultation with police the licensee cancelled it.

'Our territory'

"Over 200 people planned to attend the event and following consultation with the police the licensee has decided not to open for health and safety considerations," West Midlands Police said.

The book details the history of Aston Villa's hooligan element from the 1960s to the present day, including several clashes with their rivals, the Zulus.

A member of the Zulu gang told BBC News that some had planned to go to the launch.

"Because they were holding the event in that area we didn't want it to happen as that's still our territory, so no way," he said.

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