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Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 10:37 GMT
World Cup safety fear after alert
Stuttgart is one of German's 2006 World Cup venues
Stuttgart is one of German's 2006 World Cup venues
Safety fears have been raised at one of this summer's World Cup venues after a security alert at Middlesbrough's Uefa Cup tie with Stuttgart in Germany.

A burst pipe in a kitchen caused an alert 30 minutes before kick-off.

Announcements at the stadium were made in German, with no translation, meaning many Boro fans remained in their seats during the evacuation.

The stadium will be used for six World Cup matches and England could play there if they win their group.

The Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion was only about a quarter full for the Boro match, but is likely to hold a capacity crowd for the World Cup matches.

German organisers insist their stadia are safe after they were heavily criticised in a recent report by the consumer group Stiftung Warentest.

The group raised worries about lack of emergency exits and steep terracing at some of the venues.


SEE ALSO
Stuttgart 1-2 Middlesbrough
16 Feb 06 |  Europe
Organisers 'ambushed' by safety report
03 Feb 06 |  World Cup 2006


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