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German police face ‘most challenging’ day

The German police face their “most challenging” day of authorized canada goose outlet the World Cup as an estimated 60,000 canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupons England fans buy canada goose jacket australia descend best canada goose jacket for skiing on Cologne ahead of tonight’s group decider against Sweden.

The carnival atmosphere ahead of the match was slightly marred by overnight skirmishes involving England fans, the most serious of which resulted in six arrests and injury to 16 German police officers.

There was a huge police presence on the streets of Cologne with large numbers of supporters from England, Sweden and Germany expected to congregate at big screen viewing areas for today’s two games.

Assistant chief constable Stephen Thomas, the gold commander in charge of the British policing operation, said: “It is a very difficult day for Cologne police – it is the most challenging day of the tournament so far . . . but the operation here is very good.”

English and Swedish fans mingled happily outside scores of bars and restaurants close to the banks of the River Rhine in the historic old quarter of the town. England fans also colonised the steps online shop outside Cologne’s landmark Gothic cathedral, displaying their banners and flags.

The relaxed mood was in sharp contrast with ugly scenes in the small hours of Tuesday, when a small minority of supporters benefits of canada goose jacket were involved in the first significant trouble among best canada goose jacket review the huge England contingent that has been in Germany.

Trouble broke out when a drunk England fan fell from a statue in the Alter Markt square, where a crowd of about 2,500 supporters had congregated, dropping his glass bottle onto buying cheap canada goose outlet jacket online the crowd below. As police rushed to offer assistance, a disturbance erupted with bottles and chairs being thrown. Six fans were arrested and 16 police officers slightly best ideas about canada goose outlet online can you machine wash canada goose jacket on pinterest injured. A woman officer was treated for cuts and detained overnight in hospital.

All the fans were later released, but were banned from the buying a canada goose jacket online centre of Cologne – if they are found in breach of the ban they will be arrested and brought before the courts. British Crown Prosecution Service lawyers will also try to collect evidence against the six, with the aim of obtaining football banning orders against them in the British courts.

Mr Thomas said: “It is a reflection of the expectations we have these days that I am disappointed by a small outbreak of disorder.” He contrasted their behaviour with the vast majority of fans he had met yesterday for whom he had “nothing but admiration”.

Lord Triesman, the foreign office minister, who was also in Cologne, said: “There may be a very small number of people who have very little to do with football who are very disruptive, but the generality has been excellent.”

Seven more fans were arrested for fighting among themselves, another for being too drunk to stand up and one was held this morning for trying to scale the perimeter fence at the stadium.

As fans headed to the 44,000-capacity RheinEnergie Stadion, black market tickets were selling for up to 1,500 euros. With 8,000 Swedish supporters in the city, England fans were facing tough competition for tickets and the stadium was likely to be split fairly evenly between fans from the two countries.

Chancellor Gordon Brown, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell and Conservative leader David Cameron were all in Cologne for the match. Many fans were expected to watch the match on big screens at one of three public viewing arenas. Because of the large number of England supporters, the city council built an additional viewing park on a fairground on the banks of the Rhine with a capacity of 35,000.

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