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One-track minds
Japanese railway companies are taking no chances with the English. Around stations that the dreaded replica shirt-wearers are expected to use, the firms have sprayed a glue on track ballast so the stones cannot be used as missiles.

One-track minds
Japanese railway companies are taking no chances with the English. Around stations that the dreaded replica shirt-wearers are expected to use, the firms have sprayed a glue on track ballast so the stones cannot be used as missiles.

Fans head for the sheep dip
Each travelling English fan, according to Bank of Scotland research, will spend £2,645 on flights, accommodation and tickets – for one game. That works out at nearly £30 for each minute. And, if the farmers' union gets its way, they will be greeted on their return with a sluice-down with disinfectant. Foot and mouth is endemic in South Korea.

The Football Haters' Rest
Two pubs are changing their names for the tournament. The Fitzharris Arms at Abingdon, Oxfordshire will become Sven Goran Eriks Inn. On the other hand, The Bell, at Long Hanborough, will be renamed The Great Escape: any mention of sport is banned, and even bottles of Becks will be removed.

Beckham news
As The Foot continues its recovery, there comes sensational news on the family front: the baby his wife is expecting will not, unlike young son Brooklyn, be named after the place where he or she was conceived. So breath easy, Chipping Sodbury.

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