Game is risk match for security forces

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  • Thursday, 12 Jun 2008

VIENNA: Today's game between Germany and Croatia in Klagenfurt is a risk match for Euro 2008 security forces, according to an Austrian police consultant.

After the detention of 157 mainly German fans in Klagenfurt on Sunday when their team beat Poland 2-0, the security focus will remain on Group B.

“Germany-Croatia is seen most certainly as a risk match. Poland-Austria (on Thursday) is hard to say though it could also be one,” hooligan expert Harald Mathe said yesterday.

“This is the group where we are most likely to see such clashes, it is the highest risk group.”

Sunday showed police were well prepared to deal with troublemakers and that cooperation between officers and hooligan experts from other competing nations had paid off.

“We saw in Klagenfurt the German police officers really know their fans very well and have acted at the right time,” added Mathe.

About 3,000 police were on duty in Klagenfurt at the weekend including 400 German officers.

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