Letter: Football thugs

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Letter: Football thugs

Sir: So, the Prime Minister thinks that those guilty of rioting in Marseilles should lose their jobs ("Blair urges firms to sack hooligans" 18 June)

The proper course of action to take against someone suspected of a criminal act is to pursue the matter in the criminal court. It is the responsibility of the court to impose punishment upon conviction. Once such punishment has occurred the conviction is recorded and the matter should be seen to be over.

However much one disapproves of the conduct of the Marseilles mobs, the adoption of kangaroo court measures adding an extra unsanctioned punishment simply subverts the criminal law process.

M BOLTON

New Basford, Nottingham

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