Dutch and West German police early yesterday dispersed several hundred brick-hurling soccer fans in a cross-border riot following West Germany's 2-1 World Cup victory over the Netherlands, police in Kerkrade, Netherlands, said.
Hundreds of Dutch and West German soccer fans threw bricks and bottles at each other during a clash that lasted more than three hours in a street where the nations' border runs down the middle, according to Kerkrade police spokesman Hein Quaedvlieg.
He said at least four people were injured by flying glass. Dutch television reports estimated the number of rioters at 1,000. There were nine arrests in the Netherlands and an unknown number in West Germany.
Also, drunken English fans pelted Italians with bottles, glasses and chairs tonight in the Adriatic coastal resort of Rimini.
Police wielding baseball bats and firing tear gas fought with English fans who attacked noisy convoys of Italians in cars celebrating their team's 2-0 win over Uruguay in Rome.
Witnesses said five or six English fans were injured but their condition was not immediately known. Police estimated there were between 3,000 and 4,000 English fans staying along the Adriatic coast in preparation for England's second-round match Tuesday against Belgium in Bologna. Back to Work, Hopefully
Costa Rica players are heading home without a trophy -- and may find they no longer have jobs.
"We asked permission to return to our jobs no later than June 23. We didn't think that we would get this far," said defender Mauricio Montero.
Costa Rica, making its first World Cup appearance, surprised many by advancing to the second round. It was eliminated Saturday by Czechoslovakia, 4-1.
"My friends told me that in my country there is a lot of happiness with our performance, but he also told me that my boss is looking for me," said attacker Claudio Jara. West Germany Sees Red
West Germany, heading into the quarterfinals on the strength of Sunday's win over Holland, lodged an official protest with FIFA, hoping to have the suspension of striker Rudy Voeller overturned. It also protested a yellow card given to team captain Lothar Matthaeus.
Voeller received a red card, as did Dutch defender Frank Rijkaard; red cards carry an automatic suspension for the next game.