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Over 50 German fans arrested in Klagenfurt at start of Euro match

SoccerNews in Bundesliga, European Championships 8 Jun 2008

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Police arrested over 50 German fans Sunday evening in Klagenfurt as Germany faced Poland in their first group stage match in the southern Austrian town, an AFP photographer witnessed.

The arrests were preventative, however, and there was no violence involved.

The fans were arrested after they chanted racist slogans, including “all Poles should have to wear yellow stars,” referring to the insignia the Nazis forced Jews to wear before and during World War II.

Five fans were arrested earlier in the evening for other minor offences.

On Saturday evening, sixteen supporters had already been arrested in Klagenfurt following some fighting but were later released.

Some 25,000 German fans and 20,000 Poles were in Klagenfurt for their countries' first group stage match Sunday evening.

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