HANNOVER: FIFA promised a crackdown on pitch invaders ahead of next year's World Cup after four separate incidents of the kind at this month's Confederations Cup.
The latest came in Saturday's semi-final between Germany and Brazil when a man broke the security cordon in the first half before being led struggling off the pitch.
These are not petty offences, declared organising committee spokesman Gerd Graus.
Stewards will now be specially trained to deal with and stamp out this lamentable practice well in advance of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. AFP