Football Euro 2016: 31 hurt as football fans clash in Marseille. The Euro 2016 has been blighted with reports surfacing of how Russian and English football fans slugged it out violently in the French city of Marseille at the Euro championship on third day. Saturday witnessed clashes between the fans after and before the game. It is another story that the situation was brought under control by police that fired teargas.
By the time police in riot gear interfered, the damage was already done as at least 31 people were injured, four of them critically. Moreover, about 17 people were arrested over two days.
Marseille police spokesperson Mathieu Duroselle confirmed this fact as quoted by CNN. Three officers also suffered slight injuries.
The clash is understood to have broken after the Russians and English tied 1-1.
Following the unfortunate violence that though is not new on football field, France has upped security. “About 1,000 police officers were deployed to secure the game. The situation seems calm now by the stadium and it seems like bars are closed,” said Duroselle said. An announcement regarding action against Russia or England is slated to come by the Union of European Football Associations today.
The UEFA, the administrative body for association football in Europe, said: “People engaging in such violent acts have no place in football.” Even before the Euro 2016 started, the biggest challenge for the host country was to keep hooliganism away from the game. And reports suggested that Britain had stopped thousands of people considered hooligans from visiting France to watch the match.
“There have been 3,000 entry denials by the Minister of Interior, based on lists of people who are banned from stadiums in different countries participating in the competition, or individuals likely to disrupt the order in national territory,” the Interior Ministry said. But indeed after all these measures, the authorities failed to stop the Saturday violence.