June 24, 2006

England, Germany fans clash in Stuttgart

By Kate Holton

STUTTGART (Reuters) - English and jubilant soccer German
fans, celebrating after their team's second-round victory over
Sweden, clashed in Stuttgart on Saturday before riot police
moved in to separate them in the city center.

Tens of thousands of English and German fans had gathered
in the city's Schlossplatz, with many drinking all day, to
watch Germany's 2-0 second-round victory and trouble broke out
shortly afterwards.

Both sets of fans traded punches before dozens of
nervous-looking riot police moved into the area, pushing the
German fans away and keeping the English supporters in one
corner. A few hundred fans were involved.

One German man was seen being taken away from the area with
blood on his face and other fans from both sides were seen
being detained by police. A flare was also let off.

Plastic tables, chairs and bottles were seen being thrown
by fans from either side.

There had been little trouble involving England fans at the
World Cup so far but 122 were detained in Stuttgart on Friday
night for drunken and aggressive behavior.

Earlier, Germany had beaten Sweden in Munich to reach the
quarter-finals of the World Cup. England play their
second-round match with Ecuador on Sunday in Stuttgart.

They were expected to be detained by police for days.