MARSEILLE: Hundreds of fans charging through streets holding chairs above their heads ready to throw and bloodied, bare-chested men brawling with police — football’s plague of violence has returned with a vengeance in France.
English and Russian supporters fought pitched battles in Marseille ahead of their countries’ Euro Championships opener on Saturday.
An Englishman was left fighting for his life and at least 34 other people were injured, said Laurent Nunez, police prefect from the southern French city.
The violence also spilled over into the match. At the end of the 1-1 draw in the Stade Velodrome, Russian fans charged into the England supporters’ section.
Uefa threatened to kick Russia and England out of the Championship if their fans are involved in more violence.
With more high-risk matches to come, the Uefa executive committee made a public “warning” in a statement which expressed “disgust” for the clashes.
A Uefa inquiry into the Marseille trouble will recommend punishment, if any, on Tuesday.