Euro 2016; England, Russia game ends in violence

Euro 2016; England, Russia game ends in violence

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Banne Andrews
European football's governing body UEFA has condemned the incidents in
Marseille", that occurred after the England, Russia game adding that "people
engaging in such violent acts have no place in football".
This report comes after violent clashes resulting in the arrests of six people
and at least five injured during the scuffles.
French police used tear gas for a third day and a water cannon. They say
one Briton was seriously hurt in clashes.
There were also clashes in the stadium following England's 11 draw with
Russia, after Russia fans appeared to rush at the England supporters.
Witnesses said flares had been let off by Russian fans during the game, and
some fans had then climbed across barriers designed to keep rival fans
apart.
"Stampede appears to have been triggered by explosion, but the question
is, how did such a device make it inside and where was segregation?"
Fans were climbing over the barriers at the end of the game.
Before the game, fans had walked past ranks of police officers in riot gear on
their way to the Stade Velodrome venue.
The great majority of fans appeared to be peaceful but there were reports of
a few scuffles outside the stadium.
It's unclear what actually caused things to turn; but there had been
confrontations between England fans and Russian fans in the square.
Many have described the incidents as terrifying. There were fans running
everywhere after the first tear gas was fired, many clearly getting injured in
the clashes. That went on for some time.
A group of fans, just behind the police line, the vast majority appeared to be
England fans – continued to throw bottles at police, with officers returning
volleys of tear gas and eventually charging those fans left in the square.

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