HOOLIGAN PROSPECTS

HOOLIGAN PROSPECTS

emember when sports used to be promoted as a socially positive substitute for violence and war?

Reuters reports that the Belgian government is mulling plans to convert police garages into jail cells this summer. Why?The Euro 2000 soccer match between England and Germany is scheduled to take place in Charleroi, just south of Brussels, June 17. At least 20,000 fans from England alone are expected to show up. And fans from both England and Germany have a less-than sportsmanly reputation.

''We expect that we may have to lock up more than a thousand hooligans,'' a police official was quoted as saying.

It's a sorry comment on England, on Germany, and on the game.