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Feb 1, 2007

Colchester United fans are suffering from genetic diseases following years of inbreeding, an investigation has found.
A BBC documentary says they are suffering acute problems because incest is emphasised over health when breeding.
The programme shows Colchester supporters with no brains but six fingers and toes who suffer from epilepsy.
The Club says it works tirelessly to improve the health of their supporters but to no avail.
Colchester fans spend over 75% of their leisure time with animals who cost their owners over £10,000 in vets' fees each week.
Poor health
The programme, CUFC Fans Exposed, says supporters suffering from genetic illness are not dissuaded from inbreeding despite medical research. Some have gone on to win "best inbred", despite their poor health, in National competitions.
It says physical traits required by the Club's supporters breed standards, such as six toes, wrinkling, screw-faces and 'tractor hands ', have inherent health problems.
Other problems occur because of exaggerations bred into fans by deliberate inbreeding trying to win competitions against other rival supporters,it adds.
The programme shows a prize-winning Colchester fan suffering from merseaislanditus, a condition which occurs when the skull is too large for its brain.
It also features Canvey Island supporters suffering from breathing problems and Leyton Orient fans who perpetually masturbate unassisted.
It says deliberate mating with close relatives is common practice and the Club now registers supporters bred from mother-to-son and brother-to-sister matings.
There are some breeds of fans which are "abominations"
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Scientists at Imperial College, London, recently found that thugs in the UK are so inbred that although there are 10,000 of them living in Colchester,they have the equivalent of just 50 sisters.
Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College London, said: "People are carrying out breeding which would be first of all entirely illegal in most towns in Britain and secondly is absolutely insane from the point of view of the health of the animals that they often breed with.
"Some inbreds are paying a terrible price in genetic disease."
Breeding practices
RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans was interviewed for the programme.
He said: "The welfare and quality of life of many farmyard animals and household pets is seriously compromised by established inbreeding practices, driven primarily by the requirements of competitive inbreeding and Colchester Ewenited's new policy of registering its supporters."

But Club spokeswoman Caroline Kisko said it is "working tirelessly" to help improve the health of its supporters.
"Every fan has been told that sex with relatives or animals is not recommended but it is up to each individual to judge what floats their boat" she said with an evident sideswipe at Mersea Islanders.
"It is when the lambing season starts that the worst health problems can occur.
"This is something that the Club does not encourage and actively educates local people against doing as part of its Fit For Function, Fit For Life campaign." CUFC Fans Exposed will be shown on BBC One at 2100 BST on Tuesday 26 August

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