EURO 2016: 21 England Fans Arrested, Alcohol Ban In France As UEFA Mulls Possible Expulsion
England faces possible suspension in the over clashes between English and Russian fans at the Euro 2016 in Marseille with French police arresting 21 England fans for violent behaviour but no Russians yet.
Speaking at a press conference, France’s chief prosecutor Brice Robin described the Russians as ‘trained’ to fight, suggesting these men were hooligans.
He said, “ There were 150 Russian supporters who in reality were hooligans. These people were well prepared for ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action. These are extremely well trained people.”
Robin said some Russian supporters were turned back on arrival at Marseille’s international airport but that others had arrived overland.
Most of the 35 people who were injured in the fighting were English, the prosecutor said, adding that two Russian nationals were being expelled from the country.
It comes as the first picture emerged of England fan Andrew Bache, who was left in a coma after being reportedly ambushed by a gang of Russians.
The Portsmouth supporter was left fighting for his life when violent clashes broke out during the Three Lions’ opening game in Marseille.
He suffered a brain injury after he was hit several times with an iron bar.
The 51-year-old’s injuries are said to be no longer life-threatening but could be life-changing, according to a source close to the family.
Police are probing images from the scene after the incident was captured on CCTV footage.
Meanwhile, France is set to introduce an alcohol ban due to the ensuing issue of fan misbehaviours.
With the flashpoint escalating soon after the 1-1 draw between England and Russia on Saturday, UEFA has warned the two sides of disqualification if fans are not reined in and are involved in further confrontations.
France’s interior minister has ordered host cities to introduce an alcohol ban in the 48 hours before each game.
“It is absolutely necessary that the national federations whose supporters create incidents of this nature be punished for what happened inside the stadium, and also outside,” Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters.