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World Cup row shooting suspect surrenders

AFP/DPA/The Local · 7 Jul 2010, 14:09

Published: 07 Jul 2010 14:09 GMT+02:00

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The authorities said the man, a 42-year-old identified only as Holger B., had given himself up on Tuesday at a court in Palma and had been remanded in custody by a magistrate.

"We had early indications that the suspect had fled to Majorca," said Hannover police spokesman Heiko Steiner.

An argument in a bar early on Monday, apparently about the performances of Italy and Germany in past football World Cups, turned deadly when B. left the pub, returned a short time later with a 9mm pistol and shot the two Italians in the head, according to German police. Both the victims, aged 47 and 49, died later.

Majorca is a favourite spot for Germans, with nearly four million visiting the Mediterranean island annually and tens of thousands living there permanently.

"We have no doubt the suspect will quickly be extradited to Germany," said Irene Silinger, spokeswoman for Hannover's state prosecutor's office.

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The atmosphere was expected to be febrile later Wednesday with Spain playing Germany in the World Cup semi-finals. Italy, one of the favourites after winning the 2006 World Cup, crashed out in the group stages after a humiliating loss to Slovakia.

AFP/DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

14:57 July 7, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This man took two innocent lives and destroyed his own and those of his family over a football argument! What a horrendous waste over nothing!
15:41 July 7, 2010 by dcgi
World Class Pillock
19:45 July 7, 2010 by cocovelvet
This is one guy who can be referred to as a football fan moron ..... how can he kill others over arguments about football matches ; something nobody in the real sense, except FIFA , its officials and players, benefit from ?!! That is a clear sign of absolute stupidity by some of these so-called fans.....
21:29 July 7, 2010 by wxman
Here's how to fix the problem, tell the local football fans that that the volumes of immigrants are foreign football fans.
12:21 July 8, 2010 by moistvelvet
Well the initial article quoted the police as saying the arguement was about football amongst other things, i.e. not specifically about football. So who know why he shot them, quite possible that it was over something other than football.

But no, lets go with the assumption that it was and use another article to report on the footiescocer world championships instead of the actual story.
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