Supporters in custody after street violence

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Two nights of violence in Munich led to 20 British football fans being remanded in custody for a week yesterday. A further 39 were being held by German police for questioning and were not expected to be released until after last night's Uefa Cup match between Nottingham Forest and Bayern Munich.

Security was tight, and about 400 police with horses and dogs at Munich station greeted the arrival of an estimated 1,400 Forest fans. A further 1,000 security officers were on duty at Bayern's Olympic Stadium.

A court remanded the 20 fans in custody on charges of bodily harm, breach of the peace and resisting arrest, mostly relating to a pub fight and street scuffles on Sunday night. Two policemen were hurt.

A spokeswoman at the British Consulate said that 32 of those arrested are likely to be released without charge after the match. The other seven, who were involved in an incident at the railway station, during which a bicycle was thrown at a woman, may face charges.

The Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu looks to have guaranteed his Coca- Cola Cup final place by his injury-time booking against Liverpool on Sunday. The referee Keith Cooper has confirmed his report will state that Ehiogu was cautioned "for a late tackle from behind". That would mean a four-point penalty, which would take the centre-back to a one-match ban - the same fate as his team-mate Savo Milosevic, who was booked for kicking the ball away.

Leeds, Villa's Wembley opponents, are heading for a huge loss. At a meeting called to discuss the club's accounts - which showed a loss of pounds 427,000 on the year to 31 May - the chairman Leslie Silver predicted a pounds 3.5m loss on the current year.

Louie Donowa's pounds 150,000 transfer from Birmingham to Swansea fell through yesterday after medical tests revealed a possible heart problem.

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