UEFA to investigate violence surrounding England-Russia match

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THERE will be probes by UEFA into three days of violent incidents in Marseille which ended on Saturday (June 11) with Russian and English fans clashing inside Stade Velodrome at the end of the match between the two countries’ football teams.

Violence across the city in the hours before the teams met on the pitch later led to shocking scenes of violence inside the stadium which could have serious consequences for both nations as UEFA is likely to take disciplinary action.

While different sources lay the blame with different nationalities, with some claiming the typical England hooligans are to blame while others claim they were ambushed both by French fans across the city and attacked by Russian supporters inside the stadium, the incidents have brought to light doubts over the security surrounding the game.

Calls for a review of security arrangements are expected for England’s game against Wales in Lens on Thursday as more than 20 English fans have required treatment in hospital and one remains in a critical condition.

France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has condemned the incidents, praised the security services for their efforts and said anyone arrested will be banned from all stadiums and fan areas.

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