FRANKFURT, West Germany -- Drunken English soccer fans rampaged through the streets of Frankfurt early Friday in a fifth night of street violence that has triggered renewed calls to completely ban English soccer teams from playing abroad.
The first death of a soccer fan during the European soccer championships this month in West German cities was reported Friday. Police said the body of a 29-year-old Irish soccer fan was fished out of the river Main in central Frankfurt Thursday night.
The man, whose name was withheld, had apparently fallen off a bridge as early as Monday after visiting pubs. His friends did not miss him until Wednesday, police said.
Ten English soccer fans were arrested and two Englishmen and two policemen injured in disturbances that began about midnight and extended to 4:45 a.m. Friday, police said. More than 200 English soccer rowdies have been detained in Germany in the last week.
Police said about 300 intoxicated Englishmen, roaming in groups of 10 to 30 people, caused trouble on the streets and in the bars and cafes in Sachsenhausen, an amusement district, and other parts of Frankfurt.
'They aimlessly attacked people for no reason and fought with police who were summoned to stop the violence,' a police spokesman said.
About 200 police of the 1,200 assigned to keep order at Saturday's match pitting England against the Soviet Union in Frankfurt were called out to deal with the violence.
It was the fifth straight night of riots involving English fans in West Germany to watch the June 10-25 championship matches. The riots, which began in Stuttgart Sunday and continued in Cologne Monday before spreading to Duesseldorf and Frankfurt, have been branded 'a disgrace to civilized society' by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Thatcher's government said Thursday it would seek travel restrictions, ways of limiting alcohol sales and better police coordination to deal with the violent hardcore fans, some of whom sport shaven heads, heavy boots and tatoos and are nicknamed 'hooligans.'
Professional British teams were banned from European play by the European Football Union three years ago in Brussels after 39 people were crushed to death in a riot that was blamed on British fans during a game between local teams from England and Italy.
Britain's Football Association Thursday withdrew its application for English clubs to readmitted to European play this year.
The professional clubs are distinct from the national teams in the cup contest, but British Home Secretary Douglas Hurd said Thursday the government was considering whether the English national team should be prohibited from taking part in international competition.
In Saturday's match with the Soviet Union, the English team has no chance of advancing to semifinals play because it lost its two earlier matches.
To avert violence stemming from the match, authorities have opened five gymnasiums to provide sleeping quarters for soccer fans unable to find hotels. This was designed to keep drunken youngsters from wandering around the streets all night.
The city's association of hotel and restaurant owners recommended that drinking spots where English fans might congregate should close for the day.
Even brothels, some of them legal, others not, might close. 'As soon as any violence begins my houses will close,' said the manager of three brothels in the area around the main station.