- Title: GERMANY: REACTIONS TO OUTBREAK OF GERMAN HOOLIGANISM AT WORLD CUP.
- Date: 23rd June 1998
- Summary: HANOVER, GERMANY (JUNE 23, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. EXTERIOR OF STATE MINISTRY FOR LOWER SAXONY 2. INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MICHAEL KNAPS SAYING WE KNOW THAT MARKUS WARNEKE BELONGS TO THE HANOVER HOOLIGAN SCENE. HE HAS ALREADY RECEIVED SENTENCES FOR CHARGES OF BODILY HARMING PEOPLE. (GERMAN) 3. PAPERS ON DESK 4. KNAPS SAYING THE STATE PROSECUTION DROPPED SEVERAL CASES AGAINST MARKUS WARNEKE. HOWEVER HE HAS BEEN SENTENCED THREE TIMES. (GERMAN) 5. EXTERIOR OF TATTOO STUDIO OWNED BY WARNEKE 6. DAMAGE TO SHOP LIGHTING/ WINDOWS 7. NEIGHBOUR SAYING WHENEVER HE CAME INTO MY SHOP HE WAS ALWAYS CURTIOUS AND POLITE AND WAS NEVER AGGRESSIVE. WHENEVER HE WALKED PAST IN THE MORNING HE ALWAYS WAVED HELLO (GERMAN) 8. EXTERIOR OF BUILDING 9. WINDOW WITH SPORTSWEAR SIGN "HOOLIGAN STREETWARE" 10. DOOR ENTRANCE TO SUSPECTS'S HOUSE. DUSSELDORF, GERMANY (JUNE 23, 1998) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 11. EXTERIOR OF STATE CRIMINAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS FOR NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA 12. POLICE SPOKESMAN FREDERICK HOLTKAMP WALKING OUT OF BUILDING 13. HOLTKAMP SAYING: WE INFORMED THE FRENCH APPROXIMATELY HOW MANY GERMAN FANS WOULD PROBABLY BE GOING TO FRANCE FOR THE GERMANY-YUGOSLAVIA MATCH. WE ALSO TOLD THEM ABOUT HOW MANY HOOLIGANS WOULD GO SO THAT THE FRENCH POLICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DECIDE UPON AMPLE POLICE SECURITY MEASURES. (GERMAN) 14. OFFICE INTERIOR, VARIOUS POLICE CHECKING DETAILS ON HOOLIGAN SUSPECTS/ FAX OF SUSPECT PHOTOGRPAHS Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 8th July 1998 13:00
- Location: HANOVER AND DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Reuters ID: LVA6C7442VGYNNOZ4Y6TUR1B7ZZ2
- Story Text: German police said the suspect who allegedly beat a French gendarme into a coma with a rifle butt, beer bottle and wooden post, was well known to them.
They added that information on the man, Markus Warneke, had previously been passed on to French police as a matter of routine.
Interior Ministry spokesman for Lower Saxony Michael Knaps told reporters on Tuesday (June 23) that Warneke had served three sentences for causing bodily harm to people and was a hardcore hooligan.
Witnesses at the scene of the attack in the French city of Lens on Sunday described how policeman Daniel Nivel was alone in a side street before the Germany-Yugoslavia World Cup match and said that a group led by Warneke had attacked him.
Warneke is described by police as a right-winger, but not a Neo-nazi.Locals said he played in a rock band and was known by his trademark shaved head, dark glasses, goatee beard and pitbull terrier.
German police are expected to step up broader surveillance before Germany's next match in Montpellier on Friday to catch hooligans crossing into France.
The fan who witnessed the Nivel assault said he and his friends crossed the border in a car without being stopped.He said he had gone to the game without tickets and had been hanging around waiting for trouble to start.
Warneke's business partners in the 'Tattoo Corner' in Hanover declined to comment on their associate.
The studio was a hang-out for soccer fans.
The shop's front window was smashed in by a stone early on Tuesday morning, Hanover police said.They said they believed the attack was connected to the violence in France.
The attack plunged Germans into a bout of soul-searching.
Most hooligans in Lens were neither drunk nor angered by defeat.Several commentators said right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis were among the trouble-makers.
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