Police out in force for Turkish match

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Some 1,600 police officers will be on duty for Thursday's Euro 2000 match between Turkey and Sweden in Eindhoven, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Some 1,600 police officers will be on duty for Thursday's Euro 2000 match between Turkey and Sweden in Eindhoven, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Organisers are expecting up to 20,000 Turkish fans to come to the southern Dutch town, many drawn from the large immigrant communities in the Netherlands and neighbouring Germany.

Police in Eindhoven won plaudits for their handling of the high-risk match between England and Portugal on Monday. Police deployed 2,100 officers for that game but England's notorious fans were on their best behaviour.

Police said that the England supporters had left town and there were no indications that any English hooligans would return to confront Turkish fans.

Two fans of English club Leeds United were stabbed to death before a UEFA Cup semifinal with Galatasaray in Istanbul in April, prompting fears that England supporters would seek revenge at some point during Euro 2000.

The Turkish community in Eindhoven has scrapped plans for a street party on Thursday. The idea was only floated at the eleventh hour and it was not possible to organise it in time.

However, Turkish and Swedish fans will be entertained with music from their countries in a central square in the hours before the evening kickoff.

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