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Racism, fan unrest again haunt English soccer

Updated: December 10, 2012, 3:03 PM ET
Associated Press

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By ROB HARRIS

AP Sports Writer

LONDON -- Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was dripping with blood Sunday, the latest incident that has English soccer authorities fearing a return to a less civil past.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter praised the country's fans last month as positive examples for the world. But unrest at globally televised Premier League matches is reviving memories of the hostilities in the 1970s and 80s.

"To see Rio Ferdinand ...

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