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Cops set for England/Germany

2010-06-24 14:21

Bloemfontein - All security measures are in place for the World Cup clash between arch-rivals Germany and England in Bloemfontein on Sunday, police said.

"We have taken everything into consideration and I can confirm that we have plans in accordance with that," national police spokesperson Colonel Vish Naidoo said on Thursday.

"I can confirm that the security is all in place. It will be as our stress analysis dictates, but I can't go into detail."

Security would include English and German police officers at the stadium and at key points in the Bloemfontein.

Violent clashes between fans

"There will be a strong focus on security for all the remaining games," said FIFA spokesperson Nicolas Maingot.

"We never give details on security plans otherwise you compromise them."

Maingot said the match between England and Germany would be a "classic" and would receive the close attention of FIFA officials and the South African authorities.

Local organising committee spokesperson Rich Mkhondo said it was exciting to witness such competitors take each other on this early in the tournament.

According to the German press agency, dpa, the sides' rivalry has, in the past, led to violent clashes between fans.

There were minor incidents in the build-up to a friendly international between them in Berlin in 2008.

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