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World Cup Notes

June 2, 1990

Undated (AP) _ UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) - Thijs Libregts, fired as coach of the Dutch national soccer team, won a $189,000-award Friday for being deprived of the job.

The Utrecht District Court ordered the Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation to pay Libregts to make up for salary and bonuses he would have earned had he been allowed to keep his job.

The Federation let Libregts go early April after virtually his entire team urged his dismissal. Ajax coach Leo Beenhakker was hired as his replacement.

The Dutch team, the defending European champion, is a strong World Cup contender.

Libregts told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that

″They have pretty much destroyed my career,″ Libregts said.

″I lost the prestige I would have gained if I had coached the Dutch team in the World Cup.″


ROME (AP) - Argentina’s national team, a week away from beginning the defense of its World Cup, has five players with minor illnesses or sore muscles, including star striker Diego Maradona.

But Coach Carlos Bilardo said Friday the illnesses didn’t appear serious.

Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in 1986, had a fever Friday.

″They are irritants that appear of little importance, but one never knows,″ Bilardo said. ″There is time for a total recuperation.″

Argentina plays against Cameroon next Friday in the first game of the month-long world soccer championship.

Team doctor Raul Madero said the other players with minor medical problems are defender Julio Olarticoechea, attacker Abel Balbo and midfielders Ricardo Giusti and Jorge Burruchaga.

Olarticoechea and Giusti have sore muscles, while Burruchaga and Balbo have colds, Madero said.

Maradona’s cold forced Argentina to cancel a practice game Thursday in Naples.


BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) - Two West German experts on soccer violence accused Italian World Cup officials of increasing the risk of clashes between soccer hooligans by not providing adequate leisure activities.

Speaking at a conference on soccer violence, Kurt Weis, professor of sociology at Munich Technical University, said Italian authorities were ″irresponsible″ to invite soccer fans from other countries to the month- long World Cup without providing cultural programs for young people prone to violence.

″The police shouldn’t be the only welcoming committee,″ he said. ″Everybody expects a battle and it could be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

″It is irresponsible to force many people, unloving young people, into delinquency by simply not having a satisfactory program,″ Weis said.

Italian riot police have imposed stringent security for World Cup matches, hoping to prevent fights between rowdy soccer fans from different countries. Britain and the Netherlands have the worst reputations for having hooligans among their soccer fans.

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