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Toronto Ready for Hammer Fans
Globe And Mail, July 24th, 2008 1:45PM
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Don't expect any fan trouble at Thursday's MLS All-Star Game in Toronto. Following a skirmish between West Ham and Columbus Crew fans during Sunday's friendly in Columbus, Toronto security is on notice to watch out for problems. "We're going to be paying very specialized attention to the West Ham supporters group," said Bob Hunter, executive vice-president of venues for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of Toronto FC. "We're not treating it lightly. We talked to the people in Columbus."

About 250 West Ham fans have followed the Hammers to Toronto from England. "I very much doubt there'll be any trouble at all," said Chris Jackson, 48, a British-born Ontario resident who'll be cheering on the Hammers.

British authorities investigating the incident in Columbus, where police used pepper spray, arrested one West Ham fan and escorted three other fans out of Crew Stadium. English fans spotted in pictures of the skirmish face bans by British authorities from attending matches either in Britain or abroad for a minimum of two years.

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