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Fat Boy & Oakey Go Football Crazy

Author: Jonty Adderley
Friday, February 1, 2002
Norman Cook and Paul Oakenfold will be touring Japan this May to play DJ sets to the estimated 10,000 British fans supporting England in this year's soccer World Cup. The pair will be doing shows in cities where England are playing, on nights before or after the games.

"Me and Paul Oakenfold are the only two people who had the idea," Cook said on BBC Choice's Liquid News. "We booked up all the venues and we're doing a couple of gigs together in Tokyo."

"I know it's a cliche, but I'm probably bigger in Japan than I am here. It'll be the first time ever I've witnessed a World Cup."

The biggest game of the first stage will inevitably be England versus Argentina, which could pose problems if rival fans meet at the parties. Foreign visitors risk being jailed for 28 days if arrested (without even being charged) and could spend up to 5 years in jail "for doing little more than slinging a punch at a rival", according to the Daily Star, who warned that England fans will be treated worse than terrorists.

Tattooed fans should also be particularly cautious, the Standard warned, since Japanese police consider tattoos to be virtual proof of criminality. (World Cup 2002) (Manchester City Supporters home page)