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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2007, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Uefa criticises European policing
Trouble at the Rome-United game last week
A lot of the crowd control practice in England has been established over 20-25 years... it is vital to learn from that

William Gaillard
Uefa director of communications William Gaillard has urged European police to follow Britain's lead in the wake of crowd trouble involving English clubs.

Manchester United and Tottenham fans were involved in ugly scenes on their trips to Rome and Seville last week.

In both instances, the local police were accused of heavy-handed behaviour.

And Gaillard told BBC Radio: "Our president Michel Platini has repeatedly asked police to learn from the British experience and way of handling things."

He added: "A lot of the crowd control practice in England has been established over 20-25 years, given that there was a very serious problem before that.

"Now, through a number of measures that are not all linked to policing, though many are, we have got a situation that is far more acceptable than in other countries and it is vital to learn from that."

Gaillard also accused the Rome police of fundamental failures in their preparation for United's visit last week, after which 11 English supporters were taken to hospital.

What is important is to reinforce the co-operation between - and within - the forces

William Gaillard

"There is no doubt that when supporters are accompanied by a few police officers who understand their culture and what it takes to keep them under control, it helps tremendously.

"Something just as stupid as the fact that there was probably no-one in the Roman force last week who could speak English proved costly," he said.

Trouble occurred before United's win over Roma last night at Old Trafford as well but, although there were 21 arrests, the problems were soon brought under control by officers with batons and police horses and dogs.

Like in Rome, several Spurs fans received injury in Seville last Thursday, with club coach Clive Allen describing the actions of the police there as "disgusting".

606: DEBATE

And Gaillard has called for greater co-operation between countries' police forces.

"What is important is to reinforce the co-operation between - and within - the forces. This is not just vital in the repression of hooliganism and violence, but also in corruption, illegal betting, money laundering through sport, doping and so on.

"The more co-ordination and co-operation we get, the better the results we will see."

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