And it is happening again with the English fans in Marseille, this time various sources and agencies suggesting a band of Russians youth chasing down England fans as French police stand and witness horrific street fights, ahead of their respective opening match at Euro 2016.
According to Mirror, a gang of around 20 Russian fans clad in black have been hunting the English, with one scene filmed of a fan being kicked and punched on the ground.
Don’t understand why fans have to take it to another level in Marseille. pic.twitter.com/TW93WglyWS
— Moe. (@NoLaughingMata) June 11, 2016
This is the third such incident involving England fans in Marseille at the Euro 2016 campaign. The first two involved incidences with the French police after provocations made to English supporters by some alleged ‘Ultras’.
In today’s incident, fist fights and bottle throwing broke out between England and Russia fans at Marseille’s Old Port. Broken glasses lay strewn across the square as police fired tear gas into the crowds.
From high spirits to this – again #Marseille can’t say what triggered it but v nasty pic.twitter.com/cWuIi7iWMZ
— emma murphy (@emmamurphyitv) June 11, 2016
Two days in a row I’ve seen first hand accounts from trusted sources in Marseille who refuse to blame England fans. Just saying.
— Andy Dawson (@profanityswan) June 11, 2016
It’s getting out of control in Marseille. Restaurants are now packing chairs and tables so English/Russian fans dont use them as weapons.
— Philip Harmeling (@PhilipHarmeling) June 11, 2016
The Wildlings are running riot in Marseille #EnglandvsRussia #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/DEgUdkvGWP
— Chop Shop (@Chopshop2011) June 11, 2016
If you’re in Marseille avoid the dock area. It’s got really nasty #eng #EURO2016
— Mark Hillman (@hillmania) June 11, 2016