July 4, 2006

Pranksters play hard ball with soccer fans

BERLIN (Reuters) - World Cup pranksters in Berlin injured
at least two soccer fans by inviting them to kick soccer balls
that they had secretly filled with concrete, authorities said

At least six concrete filled soccer balls were found
chained to lampposts, trees and handrails across the city next
to the spray-painted message "Can you kick it?," Berlin police

"Two young men kicked the balls and suffered bad bruising
on their feet," a police spokeswoman said. "We still don't have
any leads in the case."

Berlin is due to host the World Cup final Sunday.