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Government considered withdrawing England from Italia 90
Published : 13 Sep 2012 07:28:17
The possibility of withdrawing the team was discussed in a government
committee, files released as part of Wednesday's report into the disaster
In a letter to then-prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on September 27 1989, Howe said the idea was dropped because it was feared "determined hooligans" would head to host nation Italy anyway.
The committee also discussed abandoning an England versus Scotland match the following spring. "The World Cup in June next year provides a natural focus for hooligan activity. And every individual match carries the potential for confrontation," Mr Howe wrote.
"The committee also looked at the possibility of our seeking the abandonment of the England v Scotland match at Wembley next spring and the withdrawal of England from the World Cup.