Soccer thugs wield Web as a weapon

Are you looking to get your teeth downloaded on to the pavement?

Britain is bracing itself for a football season wracked by violence after hooligans used the Internet to organise street fights on the opening day of the season. More than 100 fans from Millwall and Cardiff clashed on the streets of the Welsh city causing shoppers to flee for their safety. Fourteen fans were injured and six arrested as riot police spent more than two hours trying to break up fights between rival supporters. What dismayed authorities was the level of sophistication used to orchestrate the violence. Not only was the Web used to advertise details about the street fighting, it was also used to publish a real-time running commentary on the violence. A spokesman for the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) confirmed that soccer hooligans were becoming more sophisticated. ®

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