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VIOLENCE: An England fan is covered in blood after fighting in Bratislava on the eve of the match

Monday, Oct. 14, 2002
There's no hard and fast rule about half-time activities at football matches. Sometimes the crowd is asked to salute a retired footballer for past achievements. Sometimes fans are requested to turn their attention to a group of local entertainers. But at the Euro 2004 qualifying match between Slovakia and England at the Slovan Stadium in Bratislava last weekend, the first half-time announcement was a chilling instruction to England's supporters. "Don't do problems," warned the voice over the public address. "Our boys from the police are very strong."

Prior to half-time, England supporters...

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