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A computer game in which players are encouraged to form the “most notorious” group of football hooligans in Europe by killing, maiming and destroying their rivals goes on sale today in the UK.

Despite calls for it to be banned by the Football Association, Hooligans: Storm Over Europe has been granted an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification.

Players of the game are invited to prove that their gang is the most violent and anti-social by engaging in bloody battles against other hooligans and against riot police while visiting football stadiums across Europe.

“You muster and control your faithful troops by administering drugs, alcohol and bags, of course, a good dose of violence every now and then,” according to the promotional leaflet.

It adds: “Not only good strategic skills are required, but also a good political mindset and managing capabilities to keep your troops happy and violent.

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The Football Association has condemned the game for encouraging and glamourising the kind of behaviour which it is working hard to stamp out in the run-up to the World Cup in June.

Scenes featured in the game bear similarities to those witnessed during the Euro 2000 tournament in Belgium and Holland – in particular, the fighting between fans and police that blighted the England v Germany game in Charleroi.

An FA spokesman said: “Games like this will just attract attention and encourage violence at football matches. It is just a cheap ploy to get young people to act out fighting and it should be banned, especially at such a sensitive time.”

But the Dutch creators, Darxabre, last night defended their product, which has topped the computer games charts in Holland and Belgium since it went on sale in January.

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“Why single out this one game? If it’s not correct, then why, apparently, is it correct to make games about the second world war in which millions died?”

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A spokesperson for the HMV shop in Oxford Street, London, said the store had no plans to stock Hooligans now, or in the future.

PC Gamer, a leading computer games magazine, said it was not planning to review the game because it did not want to give it the “oxygen of publicity”.