LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua)
-- Scotland Yard on Monday
ordered 132 football hooligans to surrender their
passports in order to prevent them from travelling to
the World Cup in Russia.
Londoners with football-related convictions are subject
to banning orders which stop them from travelling to
watch England abroad.
Metropolitan Police warned them that if they do not
surrender their passports they would be pursued by
police and face arrest.
will be at police stations across London on Monday and
Tuesday to collect passports from people on the banned
also be at Heathrow Airport in London to watch for known
troublemakers trying to travel to the tournament.
Up to 10,000
England fans are expected to travel to Russia for the
championships which start on June 14.
Russian authorities are expected to implement a massive
crackdown on disorder with fears of a repeat of clashes
between Russian and English fans in Marseilles at Euro
police said that any supporters who police believe will
provoke or contribute to violence abroad will be
prevented from travelling under Section 21b of the
Football Spectators Act 1989.
Upcoming World Cup,
good weather boost German beer sales in May
BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) --
Sunny weather and the looming FIFA World
Cup in Russia have provided a welcome boost to beer
sales in Germany in May, German media reported on
Weihrauch, spokesperson for the Krombacher brewery, told
the German press agency that the brewery experienced the
“best month in our history” in May.
According to the spokesperson, Krombacher sold a record
volume of 650,000 hectoliters of beer during the past
rival brewery Veltins witnessed a surge in sales to
315,000 hectoliters in May, marking an increase of 10
percent compared to the same period last year.
Eichele, president of the German Brewer’s Association,
attributed the rise in demand to a combination of recent
good weather and a rush by gastronomical enterprises to
stock the alcoholic beverage ahead of the World Cup.
some breweries were currently running special additional
shifts “in order to deliver enough drinks.” Eichele
further highlighted that the trend was likely to last
that “especially while the World Cup is ongoing”,
numerous of public viewings, street parties and grill
parties were likely to occur which would be “hard to
imagine without a cold beer” as long as the weather
published by the Federal Statistical Office show that
beer sales rose slightly in Germany during the first
four months of the year by 0.7 percent to 28 million
Mortler, the government’s official drugs commissioner,
recently expressed concerns about the health
implications of heavy drinking in Germany and announced
that Berlin would look into the possibility of
establishing a minimum price for alcohol as a means to