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The German police will use "all necessary force" to deal with soccer hooligans if they try to disrupt the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, the co-president of the German football federation said today. "It is really necessary to act with great firmness and to put the screws on them," Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder said. "The police will use all necessary force."
Renewed fears of hooliganism in Germany have been sparked by riots last week in the Slovenian city of Celje after Germany beat Slovenia 1-0 in a friendly.
"These were madmen with whom I personally came face to face," Mayer-Vorfelder said. "According to what they told me, they are also planning something for the 2006 World Cup."