World Cup Football: US glad to miss England thugs

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The Independent Online
AT LEAST England will not be missed, according to the chairman of the United States World Cup organising committee. Following England's failure to qualify, Alan Rothenberg said he was relieved at the outcome because of the poor behaviour of English fans.

Rothenberg said he was happy with the field that had emerged from the 16-month qualifying campaign because potential political problems had been averted as well as any invasion of English hooligans. 'There probably were three countries in the world who would have caused us logistical and security problems - Iran, Iraq and England,' Rothenberg said.

He described England as 'a traditional football power', but added: 'It's just that their unfortunate attachment with thugs would have caused serious security problems.'