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England calms crowd-trouble fears before WCup vote

England calms crowd-trouble fears before WCup vote

The British government has urged FIFA not to be deterred from sending the 2018 World Cup to England after crowd trouble broke out at a match on the eve of the vote.
After Birmingham beat Aston Villa to reach the League Cup semifinals Wednesday, Birmingham fans invaded the pitch and threw flares at rival supporters. Villa fans responded by ripping up seats and throwing them onto the St. Andrews field.
In Zurich, sports secretary Jeremy Hunt says the 22 FIFA executives should look at the "bigger picture" of England's success in largely eradicating the crowd violence that marred the game in the 1980s.
Hunt says "the English game has made more progress than anywhere in the world in dealing with hooliganism and stamping out racism."