Czech officers reflect on experience of policing at World Cup
Thirty-two teams were in action at the World Cup in Germany, accompanied by millions of fans. Keeping an eye on them were the German police and officers from many other participating nations, including the Czech Republic. Some of the Czech police officers at the World Cup are what are called "spotters" - in plain clothing, they monitored potentially troublesome fans, who they know from the domestic football league. Pavel Reich, an expert on extremism in the Czech Republic, was among them.
Anti-hooligan police officer Pavel Reich said he was sorry to see the Czech Republic go out in the group stage, partly because that also meant an early exit for him and his colleagues. But, he says, his team were honoured by an unusual invitation.
In the end over 400 arrests were made during fighting after the Germany-Poland game.
"The atmosphere was really friendly, partly because Czech fans were surprised to see Czech police in uniform on trains - some even had their photos taken with us. We asked them whether they had tickets or not, and warned them that buying tickets from touts was illegal. We advised them to try the official Fifa meeting points, and if they couldn't get tickets to watch matches on big screens, which were free."
Jiri Fencl was speaking at a news conference on Tuesday. Also there was Czech police president Vladislav Husak - he praised his officers' work in Germany and said the World Cup in Germany had been one of the safest ever.