Euro 2016: Hooliganism kicks off ahead of game as England, Russia fans clash in Marseille

Fresh clashes erupted on Saturday between football fans gathered in the southern French city of Marseille ahead of a Euro 2016 match between England and Russia, police said.

AFP June 11, 2016 22:14:04 IST
Euro 2016: Hooliganism kicks off ahead of game as England, Russia fans clash in Marseille

Marseille, France: Fresh clashes erupted on Saturday between football fans gathered in the southern French city of Marseille ahead of a Euro 2016 match between England and Russia, police said.

Security forces fired tear gas to disperse fighting fans for a third day in a row, just hours before the match which is one of five Euro games classed as high-risk for hooliganism.

Euro 2016 Hooliganism kicks off ahead of game as England Russia fans clash in Marseille

An England fan throws back a tear gas canister following clashes between England fans and police personnel in the city of Marseille. AFP

"Police intervened in a clash between English, Russian and French supporters in the Vieux-Port district," said local police chief Laurent Nunez.

Meanwhile, three England fans and a French woman were to appear in court Saturday charged with acts of violence in Marseille, the state prosecutor's office said.

All four were held in custody overnight after being arrested for throwing bottles and other objects at police as trouble flared on Friday.

One of the three English nationals picked up is a minor and will appear before a juvenile judge.

A Frenchman arrested for violence and theft with violence on Thursday appeared before a judge earlier Saturday.

Police made a total of seven arrests during the clashes on Friday night, which ended with hundreds of boozed-up and bare-chested fans stood, beer glasses in hand, staring down French riot police.

French police have offered to escort England fans to the match for their own safety.

The scenes of street battles from Marseille over the past 48 hours have evoked unhappy memories of hooliganism by England fans in the port city during the 1998 World Cup.

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