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French government backs police on riot control

sports Updated: Jun 13, 2016 07:38 IST

MARSEILLE: The French government on Sunday rallied behind police in city of Marseille after three days of fan violence marred the opening days of the Euro 2016 and raised questions over policing tactics and security inside the stadiums. “If there is a failure, it is that of soccer which is sick because some of its fans drink excessively and fight,” Pierre-Henri Brandet, spokesman from French interior Ministry, said on BFM-TV. Marseille’s mayor said he saluted the “exemplary action of the police forces both national and local”.

First Published: Jun 13, 2016 07:38 IST