Letter: Football thugs

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Your leading article suggests a merger of the four home nations into a Great Britain football side. It is not a prospect that would gladden the hearts of the other three nations.

In the same week that the English supporters celebrated their win by vandalising their host city, Scotland's supporters had followed their team's defeat by playing football in the parks of Paris with Brazilian supporters. Their team had lost, but the supporters thrilled to be at this marvellous celebration of football, and to raise the standard of their own small nation off the pitch with equal pride and great grace and humour.

By all means suggest that England pulls out of this tournament, but leave the other nations of these isles to rejoice in their own good-natured nationalism.

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