soccer hooligans

Not helpful to the order of the house

A senior Russian football official and politician has praised his country’s football hooligans, claiming they were defending the nation’s honour and that it was “normal” for fans to fight at matches.

“I don’t see anything wrong with the fans fighting,” Igor Lebedev, a member of both the Russian Football Union’s executive committee and the lower house of Russia’s federal assembly.

“Quite the opposite, well done lads, keep it up!”

Mr Lebedev blamed the French authorities for the trouble that marred the Euro 2016 game between England and Russia, and criticised other team officials for speaking out against their fans.

“In nine out of 10 cases, football fans go to games to fight, and that’s normal.

“The lads defended the honour of their country and did not let English fans desecrate our Motherland.

“We should forgive and understand our fans.”

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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.

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Soccer hooligan fight – Narrated by David Attenborough

Britain’s king of BBC Wildlife and Planet Earth voice overs, Sir David Attenborough, turns his focus to an organised brawl between two rival teams of European football thugs from?GAIS Gothenburg ?and Helsingborg & Copenhagen. ?Caution: ?Violence