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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  • Not Clinically Insane

    There’s a good vine of a flare being shot from the Russian fans into where English ones were sitting at full time. How on earth does a flare gun get into the stadium???

  • Usaywot

    This is where Brexit will advantage Europe. No free travel into Europe, passports required… known soccer hooligans banned from entry.

    • Eiselmann

      Already happens in the UK , the police, for the most part know who the ringleaders and they do tend to get travel bans during major competitions. Sadly theres always more inasties to take their place..

  • XCIA

    A perfect picture of human trash. I hope many water cannons were deployed to wash it away.

  • cows4me

    It amazes me why they continually try to break the warring sides up. Marshall them all into a open space and let them go. Do it a couple of times without intervention, no hospital, no jails, just round the ones left standing up and deport. Do this a couple of times and they’ll soon see the error of their ways.

    • MrHippo

      Just imagine the revenue from the TV rights…

    • Eiselmann

      That sort of thing happens as well..these hooligans have contact with opposing ‘supporters’ (using that term loosely) and arrange places and times to meet and fight. Happens all the time at club level as well as international level .

      What you see on Tv is just for the most part the idiots mixing with booze egged on by a few hardcore nasties.


  • DemocKot

    Lets look forward to the 2018 world cup, english fans verus russian ones both idiots, the Russian press has mentioned as a matter of pride that they gave the English fans a “thumping”

  • Eiselmann

    The Germany -Poland game later this week has the potential to be a massive policing problem .Both countries have entrenched hooligan issues.

  • ex-JAFA

    Why do they feel the need to act like this? I’ve been to a number of sporting events, and have never seen supporters of one side attacking or even baiting those of the other. And they certainly don’t need to be physically separated at and near the venue.

    Or does it happen and our media are just determined not to cover it? Perhaps there was widespread roiting and death and mayhem inside and outside Eden Park last night, and I missed it because I only saw the delayed telecast of the game itself on Prime.

    • Eiselmann

      I’m sure theres alot of answwrs to that , I’d love to say it has nothing to do with football and I do think that for many hooligans the football is incidental in many ways.

      However these hooligans and the idiots around them come from the same base support as me. I love my football club , I’d never ever change who I support and I’m more than happy to verbally mock or bait opposing fans (normally light hearted but not always). most other football clubs I don’t pay much attention to (short of watching them on TV because in this country were starved of seeing the most popular sport in the world )…but there are a few clubs that I really really dislike….I don’t want them to win …ever…I love it when they get relegated and love it when they struggle

      And I’m a fairly rational guy on the opposite side of the world to these idiots ….now imagine being surrounded by thousands of others who all share your likes and hate…add booze, drop 20 IQ points for the lot of them and then add another group of thousands who are boozed up and hate what you love and love what you hate…

      It really is tribal…you are who you support and anyone who doesn’t support the same as you is the enemy

      Probably not the best explaination and I’m certainly not justifying it

      • pisces8284

        Well. There you have it then

  • Wangas Feral

    And people criticise All Blacks fans when we dissect wins and losses and we get the tut-tutters going on about how we should ‘all grow up’ and that our love of rugby is some sort of cultural cringe. Could be worse. Could be into soccer.

    Seriously – have you ever been to a soccer match? The reason these tribes go to war is that the games are so boring.

  • Disinfectant

    This whole article makes out that the antagonists are the British and French fans.

    The other party to the clashes are the Russian fans.

    Does Russia ensure that their football hooligans are prevented from travelling as well?

    Seems not.

    • Dons

      I think you’ll find that the article makes out that the antagonists were English and not British.