Fences to stay for World Cup

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The Independent Online
Spectators will be caged in at the World Cup finals next year, contrary to Fifa hopes. France's interior minister, Jean-Louis Debre, has insisted that safety should not be compromised.

"We can't consider removing the fences for the World Cup," he said. "We might be able to do this in some years' time if mentalities change. Today, we're not ready, so there will be fences."

Nine of the 10 grounds being prepared for the finals have fencing. Debre said fencing would also be erected at the new Stade de France national stadium, being built in Paris.

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