Sun, Jun 25, 2006 - Page 22 News List

SOCCER SHORTS

AGENCIES

■ Violence

Police detain drunken fans

Up to 100 England supporters were detained in Stuttgart overnight for mostly drunken and aggressive behavior as they gathered for today's second-round World Cup match with Ecuador, police said yesterday. A spokesman for Stuttgart police, Stefan Keilback, said 113 fans were held in the center of the city after drinking heavily and throwing tables and bottles. "There were no hooligans, just drunk people," he said.

■ South Korea

Man booked after threat

A 44-year-old South Korean soccer fan was booked here yesterday after inquiring about the phone number of the Swiss embassy, saying he would blow it up, police said. The man, identified only by his family name Kim, called the emergency hotline used to report crimes and asked for the number after Switzerland beat South Korea 2-0 and knocked them out of the World Cup. "What's the number of the Swiss embassy? I will blow it up," he was quoted as saying when he called the hotline. He is expected to have to pay hundreds of dollars in fines.

■ Germany

`The Kaiser' ties the knot

World Cup organizer Franz Beckenbauer, winner of the competition as player and coach, took time out to get married to Heidi Burmesteron on Friday, mass daily Bild reported in its online edition yesterday. The paper said the pair had tied the knot in the village of Oberndorf near Kitzbuhel in the Austrian Tyrol where Beckenbauer has a home, several weeks after saying they wanted a quiet day without any stress. "They said `I do' at half past midday," Bild reported. Beckenbauer and Heidi have a five-year-old son, Joel, and have been together for seven years.

■ South Korea

Heart attack kills fan

A soccer fan died of a suspected heart attack yesterday while watching his country play their crucial match against Switzerland at a massive, pre-dawn street rally in Seoul, police said. The 25-year-old college student, identified only by his surname, Kim, collapsed abruptly around 5:10am while watching the game on large outdoor screens in downtown Seoul, said an officer at the Namdaemun Police Station. Kim was taken immediately to hospital, but died, the officer said. Police believe a heart attack must have been the cause of Kim's death, because his father said the son suffered from high blood pressure, the officer said. Kim was among more than 100,000 red-clad fans gathered in front of Seoul City Hall.

■ United Kingdom

Goalie's medal found

Police investigating the theft of thousands of dollars of soccer memorabilia from the home of Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek have recovered his Champions League shirt and medal, they said on Friday. Police said they raided a house in the Old Swan area of Liverpool, Northwest England, earlier on Friday and arrested two people -- a man, aged 26, and a 23-year-old woman -- on suspicion of burglary and handling stolen goods. The break-in happened at some point last week at the 32-year-old player's house while he was visiting his native Poland.

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