FA knows identity of 40 Dublin rioters

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Football officials investigating the riot at last week's Dublin international between the Republic of Ireland and Englandbelieve they know the identity of 40 of the hooligans involved, thanks to the telephone hotline through which people were able to give information.

Irish police are expected to arrive in London within the next few days to meet officials of the Football Association and the National Football Intelligence Unit, and begin extradition proceedings.

The FA is delighted with the response to its "hooligan hotline", which had taken about 900 calls. "Certain names were recurring and two in particular were the subject of scores of calls," Mike Parry, FA spokesman, said. "Some of the others are well-known soccer hooligans from the past whose recent whereabouts were unknown. We know who they are and the Irish police know who they are."

The gardai have studied newspaper pictures, television footage and video film. They will talk to officials of the FA and the National Football Intelligence Unit to try to match names with faces.

"We believe we have the identities of all of those hard-core thugs involved and when we have matched them up with the pictures the Irish police will initiate extradition proceedings so they can get these people back to Dublin," Mr Parry said.

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