Europe feared Islamic terrorists, instead they got tribal soccer violence

Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - England v Russia - Group B - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 11/6/16 England supporters move through tear gas at the port of Marseille before the game. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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Violent clashes between English and Russian soccer fans broke out in the southern French city of Marseille on Saturday ahead of the two countries’ opening Euro 2016 match, leaving at least one person critically ill in hospital.

Riot police fired volleys of tear gas and deployed water cannon trucks to break up several skirmishes in the narrow streets of the city’s Vieux Port (Old Port) and outside the Velodrome stadium.

There were also scuffles between visiting fans and locals, with some wielding cafe tables as weapons.

European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, condemned the violence. “People engaging in such violent acts have no place in football,” it said in a statement.

Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - England v Russia - Group B - Stade Velodrome, Marseille, France - 11/6/16 England supporters gather at the port of Marseille before the game. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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By Saturday evening, tens of thousands of fans had descended on Marseille ahead of the evening’s match. Broken glass and debris littered some roads and alleys near the waterfront, the focal point of clashes between English, Russian and French fans.

Water cannon trucks and scores of police armed with batons and shields positioned themselves between rival groups of fans as they headed toward the 67,000-capacity arena.

The clouds of tear gas produced images of unrest all too similar, though on a much smaller scale, to those in the city 18 years ago when violence flared for two days and nights around England’s World Cup game against Tunisia.

Local police chief Laurent Nunez said about 300 English fans had been involved and a similar number of Russians.

You have to wonder what “way of life” Europe is trying to save from the steady invasion of Islam.  These our people from our culture and our values behaving in ways that don’t get anywhere near being civilised.

 

– Reuters


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