At least 35 people have been injured over the weekend in riots between English and Russian football fans here Marseille a few hours before two countries’ match at the Euro 2016. Four of the injured are in critical condition, including a 50-year-old Englishman who is now battling for his life, reports Efe.
The match ended 1-1 . Police official Laurent Nunez said in an interview with France Info station that security forces have eight suspects.
The number of detainees is expected increase in the coming days, according to French interior ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet, who added that security forces will review video footage of the clashes to identify the perpetrators.
Justifying the small number of arrests, Brandet said the police intervention in Marseille occurred in an open area that had tourists and passersby, forcing the police to proceed with caution.
In view of what happened in Marseille, Brandet said security measures will be “strengthened” during the Euro 2016 Group D game between Turkey and Croatia .
European football’s governing body UEFA said it had launched disciplinary proceedings against Russia after their fans assaulted their English counterparts at the end of a Euro 2016 group phase football match.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in a statement expressed its “utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city centre of Marseille and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome”. “This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football,” UEFA said.
A decision regarding sanctions would be made within days. UEFA has not charged England of misconduct. A UEFA spokesman also said that security personnel would be increased at subsequent matches to segregate rival fans inside stadiums.