FA preaches peace, Sven calls for caution
On a day in which the FA has warned England supporters to behave or face serious repercussions, Sven-Goran Eriksson has warned his players to expect a tough test from Slovakia in tomorrow night’s Euro 2004 qualifying game.
“They are a fighting team who never give up and create chances,” said Eriksson. “Physically they are strong and they seem to be in good shape – so I expect a difficult game.
“I think Slovakia played very well against Turkey on Saturday – especially in the second half. They deserved to draw the game (Turkey won 1-0) – it was a good performance from them.
“We have to defend well, attack in a good way and perform well, otherwise we will not win.”
The ever-cautious Swede, who would only reveal that he has a clean bill of health to choose from ahead of tomorrow’s game, went on to lament the lack of easy games in world football.
“Some games 20 years ago were easy – take Turkey, for example,” he told Sky Sports News. “Where do you go now and find an easy game? Greece won in Spain which would not have happened 20 years ago.
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Following the shameful scenes witnessed against Turkey in April, Barber warned that the eyes of Uefa would now be on English fans, adding that even booing or jeering of opposing team’s anthems will be classed as $2700 authentic celine trapeze tricolor small black green cream luggage tote bag a racial incident.
“We remain very much under close scrutiny in term’s of tomorrow’s match,” he said, speaking on the day when Northumbria Police released images of 18 people they want to trace in connection with violence at the Turkey game.
“It’s a vital match for England but once again our fans face a bigger test off the pitch $2500 celine nwt new 2017 mini belt handbag cloud grained calfskin bag authentic than the players on it.
“Any repeat of the behaviour we saw at Sunderland and the consequences for England and the FA could be very serious indeed.
“My concern is that with 35,000 people inside the stadium, any jeering of the national anthem will be considered a racial event and land us in trouble with Uefa.”
In an effort to defuse trouble the FA are to use commercial advertising screens in Middlesbrough to get across the message that racial chants, violence or pitch invasions cannot be tolerated.
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A spokeswoman said the “vast majority” of $472 miguelina celine crocheted cotton maxi white skirt xs the 26 people wanted for questioning about running on to the pitch had been identified and arrested.
The force released a further 18 images of people caught up in the violence $1900 celine drape front cap sleeve wrap crepe tunic blouse mini dress 36 before the game, some of which occurred several hundred yards from the ground and several hours before kick-off.
“We are keen to crackdown on so-called fans who commit these offences and we are working with the FA and other forces to send out the message that hooliganism will not be tolerated,” said a spokeswoman.