Please save us from the stress counselling, it may start a riot

Jeff Powell

Last updated at 00:00 31 August 2001


AS THE MORE belligerent of England's supporters arrive here, the burgermeisters of Munich plan to greet them with stress counsellors rather than the more conventional policemen.

The idea is to sweet-talk potential hooligans into recognising the error of their violent ways.

We have to assume this is not a joke.

Personally, I can think of nothing more liable to provoke me into trashing the local alehouse than being droned on at by one of those monotonously earnest and depressingly tedious social workers.

And I write as a law-abiding citizen who wants nothing more tomorrow than to be allowed to watch England play Germany in safety and comfort - while all those who travel here looking for trouble are being frog-marched to the station for instant deportation.

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