It's a damn shame that this had to happen - why is it always beered-up Sun and Mirror-reading idiots (the two most notorious tabloids here in the UK for all Americans) who end up kicking off and instigating this kind of trouble? I'm in Birmingham myself, where you have to pay £5 to get into a closed ground (ironically, right in front of my Uni building, and I mean RIGHt in front) where the big screen is, so immediately you have some rudimentary policing of who goes in... It just saddens me that almost always, our country is depicted by this minority of stupid individuals who worsen the situation for everybody else - and now approaching a third of the screens around the country run by the BBC have been shut off for the duration of England's World Cup games.
Why can our country seemingly not go through one major sporting event without picking up bad press for violence? At least the fans actually IN Germany are doing alright (touch wood, fingers crossed) anyway.