Fri, May 19, 2006 - Page 22 News List

Abramovich readies two yachts for World Cup

AFP , LUEBECK, GERMANY, AND SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Roman Abramovich, the Russian owner of English champions Chelsea, will moor two of his motor yachts in the northern German port of Luebeck during the World Cup finals, according to a report yesterday.

Abramovich, 39, will commute from the port to matches by helicopter, the Luebecker Nachrichten newspaper said. The port authorities declined to confirm the report.

Meanwhile, Brazilian prison inmates who have staged riots in recent days have demanded the right to watch World Cup football, press reports said yesterday.

The First Capital Command (PCC) gang has staged deadly uprisings in several jails in Sao Paulo state, and staged attacks on police and other targets. About 150 people have been killed in the unrest since last Friday.

Imprisoned PCC leader Marcos Camacho "put on the table" the demand that his incarcerated followers wanted to watch the World Cup matches, the Estado de Sao Paulo daily quoted a prison officer as saying.

Normally inmates in top security prisons are kept in strict isolation with no television.

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