WORLD CUP FEARS AFTER FAN KILLED; Man Quizzed Following Death That Shocked Soccer

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), March 30, 1998 | Go to article overview

WORLD CUP FEARS AFTER FAN KILLED; Man Quizzed Following Death That Shocked Soccer


TWO men who were questioned over the death of a football fan killed in a clash with rival supporters have been released, police said today.

A third man was still in custody as officers continued their investigations into the death of Fulham fan Matthew Fox, aged 24, who was attacked following the London side's Second Division match at Gillingham on Saturday.

A post mortem revealed that Mr Fox, of Old Lodge Lane, Purley, Surrey, died of head injuries.

Fighting broke out among 50 rival fans outside the Kent club's Priestfield ground after Gillingham's 2-0 win.

The two men arrested were released without charge, a Kent police spokesman said.

Police said the two men were both on bail pending further inquiries.

Mr Fox's death prompted soccer chiefs to demand an urgent inquiry amid mounting concern that violence could spill over into this summer's World Cup finals.

Football Taskforce chairman David Mellor and Sports Minister Tony Banks both expressed concern about the segregation of rival supporters as fears grew that crowd trouble may be on the increase in the run up to the tournament in France in which England and Scotland are taking part.

Saturday was already a black day for English sport after pitch invasions during football and rugby matches.

Throughout yesterday fans of both sides arrived at the Gillingham ground and at Fulham's Craven Cottage stadium to leave flowers, poems and tributes. …

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