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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Euro Teams Mull England's Expulsion




ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- England's rivals at Euro 2000 seem split over whether UEFA should carry out its threat to kick the team out of the championship in the event of more fan rioting.


During battles in Brussels and Charleroi before and after England's victory over Germany, some 850 fans were detained and 56 people were injured.UEFA has warned that any more violence at the game against Romania in Charleroi on Tuesday might force it to remove England from the championship.


Some of England's rivals say it would be unfair that the team should be punished for the sins of the fans, while others admit that kicking England out could be the only solution.


The nation likely to benefit most if England is thrown out is Germany, but coach Erich Ribbeck doesn't want to get to the last eight thanks to an England disqualification. "I belong to the generation that still thinks sportsman-like," he said. "Therefore, I don't waste any thoughts on that."


Italian federation official Antonio Matarrese, a UEFA vice president, said England had to get the fan problem sorted out. "We all hope that the threats [to ban England from the competition] must not be enforced."


Spanish soccer federation chief Angel Maria Villar intimated he was in favor of expelling England. "In exceptional situations like this, exceptional measures have to be taken," Villar said.


Dutch star Pierre van Hooydonk also backed the threat.


"The threat made me very happy," he said. "You can keep coming up with new ideas such as names on tickets but, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you do. The best thing they can do is make a point."