Increase in security took place in Marseille, France ahead of the Euro 2016 England vs. Russia match. For the third straight day, police used tear gas to and water canons to try to disperse the crowds at Old Port of Marseille and Stade VÃ©ldrome. There are no factual reports stating what caused the rumble, but many eyewitnesses are saying English, French, and Russian men were involved.
Online footage shows crowds fighting, throwing glass bottles, and running away from law enforcement. One video shows an England fan being hit across the face by a chair. Some fans were seen walking through the streets baring blood wounds. Many injured were treated on the streets.
Alexander Shprygin, head of the All-Russian Fans’ Union, told the AP why their fights were breaking out in the city of Marseille, “The reason was that the English are drinking a lot and are behaving badly.” Dave Tomlinson from the Football Supportersâ€™ Federation told BBC â€œWe understand from the reports that it’s a very small minority of England fans that have been involvedâ€¦we also understand that unfortunately there has been quite a lot of provocation from the French and also the Russian elements that are in the area.”
6 people are confirmed arrested as the violence kept building closer to kickoff, but no riots were reported within the stadium.
UEFA had their opinion of these supporters â€œpeople engaging in such violent acts have no place in football.â€
Despite everything that was going on in Marseille, the game still went on.
Midfielder Eric Dier gave the Three Lions a lead with a free kick in the 73rd minute. The Russians put on high pressure and scored the equalizer in the 90th minute by a header from Vasili Berezutski.
The 1-1 result showed no rowdy fans in Stade VÃ©ldrome until the final whistle. The intense scenes resumed as Russian fans stormed the English as fans were leaving the stadium. UEFA are currently investigating the post-match violence.