CAGLIARI, SARDINIA, JUNE 8 -- Fourteen English soccer fans were charged with criminal damage and resisting arrest today battling police in the Sardinian capital.
Two more English fans, who had been detained in Genoa, were expelled from Italy when police found their names on a list of reputed soccer hooligans provided by the British government.
In the first outbreak of street violence at the World Cup, some 40 fans were involved in a confrontation Friday night.
Deputy police chief Antonio Pitea said the fans threw bottles and two broke on a policeman's helmet.
The violence followed rowdy scenes at a cafe near the stadium where all three of England's Group F first-round World Cup matches will be played.
Police decided to move the fans from the area and were hit by flying bottles.
"We have not seen this kind of hooliganism in Cagliari before," Pitea said.
Two senior British policemen considered experts in handling fan-related soccer violence arrived in Cagliari to help Italian police with intelligence details.
Some 8,000 English fans are expected on the island by the time England plays Ireland in its first World Cup game on Monday.
Cagliari's police chief Mario Paxi has ordered a ban on alcohol sales for a 36-hour period before and after each match.
The Italian government has ordered 3,200 extra security police to Sardinia to cope with the violence problem, expected to reach its height when Dutch soccer fans arrive for a game next week.
The Dutch are rated second only to the English as troublemakers at soccer games.