Written by Staff Writer
12 Jun, 2016 | 6:12 am
There was a heavy police presence in the French port city of Marseille early on Sunday (June 12) after scenes of mayhem just hours before at the Russia-England Euro 2016 soccer match.
The game, which ended in a 1-1 draw, ended with scores of Russian fans charging into a section full of rival supporters, throwing missiles, tearing down flags and fighting with anyone who remained in their way.
The chaotic scenes were the latest chapter in a three-day story of mayhem and disorder surrounding the match, with sporadic violence flaring repeatedly between rival fans, locals and riot police.
The trouble, which initially centred on the Old Port area of the city, with police frequently firing tear gas to disperse groups, continued to the area surrounding the stadium in the hours before Saturday’s 9 p.m. local (1900 GMT) kick-off, with water cannon and dogs used to again separate rival groups.
There was still a heavy police presence in the Old Port area after midnight as scatterings of fans drank in bars and milled around a central square.
European soccer’s governing body UEFA, which runs the tournament, has announced it would open disciplinary proceedings into the fans’ outburst at the stadium.
More than 1,000 police and a further 500 stewards are on duty at the stadium, with a further 1,000 overseeing events at the nearby fan zone, where around 80,000 people watched the match on giant screens, where initially at least, there was little trouble.
Four years ago Russia was sanctioned and handed a suspended six-point deduction following crowd trouble at Euro 2012.
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