- French police fired tear gas in Marseille’s Old Port as England fans clashed violently with local football hooligans
- Drunken Russian thugs and English fans were seen brawling as tensions exploded before nations meet on Saturday
- French hooligans hurled an English fan into the sea after he was cut off from the rest of his gang in the harbour
- A cafe was engulfed in flames after a group of English fans were targeted while drinking on its terrace this evening
Peter Allen In Marseille
Alex Matthews In London For Mailonline
09:01 EST, 10 June 2016
02:47 EST, 11 June 2016
Violence has flared up again in Marseille for the second night in a row as English, Russian and French hooligans battle each other and riot police.
England fans who had been drinking for most of the day at the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district, threw bottles at French officers, who then used tear gas to disperse them.The police, who wore full riot gear, were seen marching towards the hundreds of supporters who ran away down the street.
Later Russian fans joined the brawl, with drunken youths goading each other into fist fights. Witnesses said anyone who fell to the floor was kicked repeatedly.
One police source told MailOnline: ‘Once again the English fans have been drinking strong beer all day and cannot deal with alcohol.’
Hours after the initial fighting exploded outside bars, restaurants and a tourists’ market, the front of a bar called ‘the Red Eagle’ was seen engulfed in the flames of a bright red flare as fans threw missiles at each other and fought.
It appears that English fans were targeted as they drank in the bar’s terrace area and the group were seen hurling objects and chairs at their opponents during the shocking video.
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A cafe is engulfed in flames as English fans are targeted while drinking on the terrace of cafe on the streets of Marseille’s Old Port
A furious England fan hurls a missile at his opponent while two flares continues to blaze behind him during violent clashes in Marseille
England fans hurl chairs at French police as tear gas is fired outside bars to disperse crowds who had been clashing with Russian supporters and police
English supporters clash with French locals during the troubling violence that erupted onto the streets of Marseille’s Old Port
A man’s bleeding head is mopped up with a towel after he suffered a wound as football fans clash on the streets of Marseille
Local men clash with football supporters on the streets of Marseille as violence that erupted earlier today continues into the night
A chair is hurled at riot police officers as violence between warring supporters continues into the night on the streets of Marseille
Riot police leap into action as they try and disperse the crowd outside a bar in Marseille after a day of violent clashes between fans
Local youths flee as they are chased through Marseille’s Old Port district by English supporters as trouble waged into the night
A supporter is wrestled to the ground by riot police, as fighting between fans and locals and hostility against police rages into the night
Local youths confront supporters on the streets of Marseille’s Old Port district as fans continue with violence that broke out this afternoon
An English supporter is bundled to the floor as local youths and football fans battle it out on the streets of Marseille this evening
A flare is let off as fans gather outside a pub in the Old Port, where they had spent the day drinking and chanting prior to England’s opening Euro 2016 match against Russia
It is not known if the offenders were Russian supporters or locals.
The flare-attack is one of the most shocking sights of today’s and yesterday night’s clashes, which have seen arrests of English supporters, property damage and a fan dumped into the sea by a French gang.
Hooligans kicked the Englishman, wearing an orange T-shirt, on the floor before throwing him over the harbour wall and into the sea.
The fan, sporting a black eye, was later seen wading to shore.
A police source said: ‘We are checking on a report that an English supporter was drunk and fell into the harbour. This has been a bad day for the city and it has not been helped by the behaviour of the England supporters.’
It is believed the same English fan was captured fighting Russian thugs at other parts of the city, including outside a coach and under a covered square where he was kicked in the face.
A witness told MailOnline: ‘The groups of fans were chasing each other backwards and forwards.
Drunken English fans are captured hurling bottles at police and other fans during the violent clashes in the Old Port district of Marseille
Drunken English football fans taunt French supporters in the Old Port area of Marseille ahead of the England’s opening match in Euro 2016
The fan, who was later dunked into the sea, receives a kick to the face as he clashes with Russian hooligans earlier in the day
The same supporter, pictured crouching on the floor in the bottom left of the photo, is struck on the head by a Russian fan during a fight
The brawling England supporter is then left on the ground by Russian fans as riot police hurl tear gas to disperse the fighters
The England fan struggles on the pavement after brawling with Russian hooligans outside a coach in the Old Port district of the city
An England fan is beaten as he lies on the floor by supporters, believed to be French, during the brawls on the streets of Marseille
The same England fan swims to the shore after he is hurled over the harbour wall by French hooligans during violent clashes in Marseille
‘An English went too far ahead and was cornered. He was punched to the ground and they were kicking him. Then they threw him in the water.
‘He was helped out by an Algerian family who had set up their market stall.
‘He was wearing a red football shirt and he ran back to the English.’
There have also been reports of French-North African gangs taking on groups of English supporters as well as hooligans connected with Olympique de Marseille, the city’s top flight football team, waiting for supporters outside bars.
Marseille is a port city with a strong African and Islamic community and Muslims make up around a third of the population – but it is not known if there has been any racial or religious undertone to today’s violence.
Reports said Russian fans sparked a fight by throwing chairs and bottles at a group of England supporters.
As rival gangs threw punches, riot police responded with a baton charge. The Russia fans chanted ‘Rossiya’ as they were chased by police.
One England fan said: ‘A group of Russian lads came out of the metro with their fists flying. And the England boys fought back.’
French youths were later seen launching ‘guerilla attacks’ on England fans who had taken over a high profile restaurant in the area.
A witness told the MailOnline: ‘The England fans were acting very arrogantly in the Entrecote [restaurant]. Some local boys did not like this. This was not right, it was real arrogance.
A Russian fan draped in his nation’s flag poses in front of a line of French riot police as tensions erupt on the streets of Marseille
England fans chant and sing outside a bar in the Old Port district of Marseille as other supporters clash with Russian hooligans and police
French police fire gas onto the streets in order to disperse the crowds of drunken football fans that had clashed in Marseille this evening
Men, believed to be Russian fans, march towards the pub where England supporters were last seen drinking and later clashing with French police in Marseille
An English fan goads Russian hooligans as violence explodes onto the streets of Marseille’s Old Port district for the second night in a row
A riot police officer stands in front of Russian supporters as they gather in front of a British pub at the Old Port of Marseille
An England fan shields his eyes from the tear gas while holding a pint of beer as riot police disperse the crowd on the streets of Marseille
A England fan is arrested by riot police after clashes outside a British pub in the Old Port district of Marseille earlier today
After he is arrested the disgraced fan is led off by a five-strong group of riot police, equipped with batons, helmets and shields
‘So they got close and attacked when they could. The French were clever. It was like guerrilla war fare.
‘But the police stopped this before the fighting became bad. They fired tear gas and the fighting stopped.’
Frightened families with children seen fleeing in terror as the brawling erupted by a tourist market and traffic was brought to a standstill as the hooligans darted between cars and buses as the battles raged.
Locals looked on in disbelief as the violence took over.
A barman told MailOnline: ‘There’s fighting everywhere. The English, the Russians are punching and kicking each other.’
French supporters looked on in incomprehension as England fans sang the national anthem and kicked beer bottles along the street.
Oliver, 28, a pastry chef from Quimper, Brittany, asked: ‘What are they doing?
‘This is not football, this is madness. We have come for the football they seem to have come for the fighting.’
There are also reports that English fans have clashed with each other, after an afternoon of drinking as people pass the time before England’s opening match against Russia tomorrow afternoon.
A six-strong unit of Belgian shepherd dogs were dressed in protective socks against the broken glass. And they wore heavy leather muzzles which are removed when they are deployed.
Following the skirmishes, which started at around 6.20pm French time, the fans continued to sing about the IRA, German bombers being shot down and the national anthem.
Bottles were thrown as the police formed a new line and watched on from about 50m away. A crowd of locals came to watch and continued to grow until the bottles were turned on to them.
A French woman wearing a pink dress and holding her nation’s tricolore flag was also arrested after she threw bottles at the crowd of drunk English fans.
It is believed the woman reacted violently after supporters tried to yank her flag out of her hands. She was later seen being taken away by riot officers.
A French woman hurls a beer bottle at English fans after it is believed they tried to yank her flag away on the streets of Marseille
The French woman is arrested by riot police after she threw the bottle as fans clashed with other supporters and police in Marseille
An England shouts out as fans sing the national anthem and chant outside bars in the Old Port district of Marseille this evening
A young English football fans hurls a bottle at police before during the violent clashes on the streets of Marseille earlier today
The same supporter is then apprehended by police as they take him in for his part in inciting the violence on Marseille’s streets
An officer from the specialist dog team patrols the streets of Marseille as football fans drink and socialise outside one of the city’s bars
An English fan is arrested in Marseille after supporters clashed with police prior to England’s opening game against Russia on Saturday
A line of French riot police march along a street in Marseille as they attempt to the quell the crowd of England fans after violence flared
England supporters were back on the beers today after clashes between fans and local French hooligans in the city last night
England fans spill their beers as they chant in the Old Town ahead of the match against Russia tomorrow night
An England fan with an inflatable Spitfire drinks outside the Queen Victoria pub in Marseille as others fans watch on
‘THEY’RE TOO OLD, FAT AND DRUNK’ – RUSSIAN HOOLIGANS GOAD ENGLISH THUGS BEFORE MARSEILLE CLASH
by Will Stewart in Moscow
Russian hooligans warned England fans were ‘too old, fat and drunk’ too put up a fight against them as tensions explode on the streets of Marseille.
Prior to the violent scenes developing in Southern French port city, ahead of England and Russia’s group clash tomorrow night, one self-confessed hooligan from Anti UEFA Mafia Russia warned England supporters: ‘In terms of football violence, Russia is the undisputed leader across the whole of Europe.
‘If the English are aggressive or try to fight – we think they will be very drunk instead – they will get a response twice as strong.’
Roman, a lawyer when he is not an ultra, warned: ‘We don’t really care about what they think about us in England and in Europe in general. Some think that we drink vodka with bears, others – that we run around with an AK-47.
‘We don’t give a shit about what Europe thinks about us, but we all know that everyone – and everywhere – is afraid of Russians.
‘Not so long ago I read some publication that arguably crowds of Russians are preparing to go to Euro and kill English fans.
‘Honestly, there is some interest in the English but no one considers them real competitors for a long time now.
‘They’re too old, fat and drunk.
‘All Russian hooligans are more interested in Poles, Croats, Swedes.
‘These are our real competitors, who will be interesting to fight with. And the English… well, they’ll come, get drunk, and will be beaten up, they’ll lose their banners, and leave.’
He said: ‘I am personally most interested in two games, us with the English, and Ukraine against Poland.
‘First I’ll try to support my national team and pull the English around Marseille, and then will go to support our Ukrainian brothers against the Polish whores.
‘As much as it is surprising, given our [country’s] relations with Ukraine, for me they remain brothers.’
He said many hooligans had been banned from travelling by the FSB.
‘Our numbers won’t be that big.
‘But despite the number of hooligans, we will be able to fight against anyone.’
Police continued to charge at fans in attempts to scatter them.
A number of arrests were made during the clashes, and a man wearing what appeared to be an England shirt was seen being led away by police.
Violence is breaking out at different locations across the city with police sealing off the eastern side of the old port, echoing the brutal scenes from the France ’98 World Cup in which English fans clashed with local hooligans, again in Marseille, after England’s group victory against Tunisia.
England fans have blamed the heavy-handed tactics of the police for fuelling violence in Marseille last night – when supporters clashed with local football hooligans.
Clashes erupted shortly after midnight in the French city’s Old Port area where hundreds of travelling supporters had spent Thursday drinking.
Huge flags of St George bearing club logos were strung up outside the English-themed Queen Victoria pub where the rioting had broken out the night before.
However supporters tried to pass on responsibility for the unsavoury scenes – almost 20 years since the ‘Battle of Marseille’, where England fans fought with Tunisia supporters nearly 20 years ago.
Speaking to MailOnline George, 24, from north London, said: ‘It wasn’t us who started it. Yes we were singing and chanting but it wasn’t until the police waded in that it went off.
‘It’s fair to say that most of us had quite a bit to drink but we were only having a laugh.
Officers from the French riot police, the CRS, patrol the centre of Marseille on Friday as England fans from Leicester and Derby drink and mingle happily over a few beers
‘But really what did the police expect after they set dogs on us and [tear] gassed us?’
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts, who is leading British police’s liaison effort, said: ‘England supporters had been in Marseille yesterday without issue.
‘At around midnight, there was a short confrontation where a group of approximately 70 local youths approached a pub where England fans had congregated.
‘This was quickly dealt with by French police and one English supporter was arrested. We are aware of no further incidents overnight.’
He said English police officers would be helping their French colleagues to identify supporters who misbehave and they would be served with banning orders on their return to the UK.
‘Other fans criticised the championship organisers for their failure to erect a big screen in the centre of Marseille.The city’s only ‘fan zone’ is at the Prado beach on the outskirts of the city.
Josh, 26, said: ‘We’ve spent a lot of money to get here. The least they could do is to put up a big screen in town. We’re going to watch tonight’s match in the pub.’
Thousands of England supporters are expected in Marseille ahead of England’s first fixture against Russia tomorrow night.
The Queen Victoria pub and two Irish pubs have set up beer pumps outside in anticipation of huge numbers.
Meanwhile French CRS riot police are maintaining a heavy presence around the Marseille old port – the historic centre of the city – where the England fans have congregated.
Clash: England fans were captured posturing in front of French police in an aggressive style outside an Irish bar last night
Deterrent: Police used tear gas to disperse the angry crowds after trouble flared with England fans in Marseille
England fans huddle together outside the Irish bar as police dog units and riot officers watch on in the Old Port area of the city
Trouble: French police used tear gas on English fans in Marseille after clashes broke out between travelling fans and local hooligans
A group of England fans were said to have chanted: ‘ISIS, where are you?’ ahead of the Three Lions first match against Russia
Last night local French youths clashed with England supporters, some of whom chanted: ‘ISIS, where are you?’
Marseille is a port city with a strong Islamic community and Muslims make up around a third of the population.
Two England fans were arrested, one for assaulting a barman and the other for violent disorder.
‘They were baiting us, and then attacked,’ said one fan from Leeds, who asked to be named only as Simon.
‘None of the England fans were doing anything wrong – a few of us had a bit much to drink, but that was all.
‘Suddenly a French gang appeared and started attacking us, and throwing stuff. We had to defend ourselves, and then the police showed up.’
Others spoke of their fear as they were targeted by youths brandishing makeshift weapons, and shouting ‘Get the English’.
Chris Lord, another England fan, from London, said: ‘This was a really nasty attack. The gang knew exactly where we were, and clearly wanted to hurt us.’
Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation, which runs the fans’ embassy in Marseille, said he believed the locals turned up with the intention of provoking the English supporters.
But there were some suggestions the violence erupted when a man – who appeared to be a Muslim – was verbally abused by England fans as he walked past a bar.
French ultras are then thought to have attacked the fans.
Groups of supporters were then seen running in different directions, as restaurants and bars in the area quickly shut doors and pulled down shutters.
At least one England fan could be seen lying in a pool of blood, having been attacked with a wooden chair.
Here we go: Roy Hodgson’s side begin their campaign against Russia in Marseille on Saturday evening. But their loyal support have already got their month-long tournament underway with a hearty day’s drinking in the summer sun
Cheer: The party began early this morning as the first few planes from across the Channel touched down in the south of the country
Police first responded to the violence at around 11.45pm and by midnight ambulances were arriving.
As well as riot police, undercover officers brandishing stun guns and truncheons picked off anybody behaving badly.
It was all a grim replay of the violence in 1998 which happened before and after England’s 1998 World Cup tie with Tunisia in Marseille. Some of those who had been involved in the 1998 clashes were drinking in the area again.
Francois Hollande, the French president, said a 90,000-strong security force, including soldiers, would ensure the matches being played in 10 cities will be safe.
Some 70,000 England fans – many without tickets – are expected to arrive in the city over the weekend. They will have to watch matches indoors or in heavily guarded official fanzones.
Bars and bistros in France have been banned from screening matches on large outdoor televisions, amid fears of a terrorist attack on fans.
THE BATTLE OF MARSEILLE: ENGLAND FANS CLASH AT FRANCE ’98
The sight of drunken England fans scuffling, brawling and posturing in front of lines of French police is a reminder of a hooligan culture the FA hoped had been stamped out.
But despite more than 1,800 banning orders being handed out to repeat offenders prior to this summer’s tournament, the dark side of English football raised its ugly head again last night.
After fans spent yesterday afternoon drinking in an Irish bar in the southern French city of Marseille, violence flared up onto the streets.
Battle of Marseille: England fans clashed with police and local gangs after a match against Tunisia during France ’98 World Cup
Many supporters will remember the last time England’s fans clashed with French police – a brawl that ended with 25 arrested and unsavoury footage broadcast by the world’s media.
The bloodshed broke out on June 15 1998, after England’s 2-0 victory against Tunisia in the group stages of the World Cup.
It is believed that unsuspecting fans were provoked into a brawl by local thugs, but what followed were scenes that many had not witnessed since the days of fighting on the terraces in the 1970s and 80s.
A group of 35 people were left hospitalised by the clashes and police had to use tear gas after they could not control the fighting hoards.