PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 November, 1997, 12:00am

Two letters have been published in these columns (October 27 and 31), defending the behaviour of English soccer hooligans at the World Cup match last month in Rome, between Italy and England. Both letters put forward an English view of the events that took place and both correspondents put the English hooligans into a very reasonable and innocent light.

By way of balance in the South China Morning Post 's sports section on October 31, there was a report of arrests in England after an attack by 100 or more Leeds United supporters using bricks and bottles.

Whoever joins England in the World Cup in France will be terrified and it would be too dangerous for women and children to attend any game featuring the English soccer team. The many Italians who died at the Heysel Stadium would have still been alive if the Italian police had been in charge.

ALAN J. F. SMITH Ap Lei Chau