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France restricts alcohol sales to avert more violence during Euro 2016

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France restricts alcohol sales to avert more violence during Euro 2016

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Extra security measures are being put in place to try and prevent a repeat of three days of clashes between English, Russian and French football fans in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.

France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has also asked cities hosting the Euro 2016 tournament to ban the sale of alcohol.

“Several (departmental or regional) prefects have already imposed restrictions on the sale, transport and consumption of alcohol. I asked them to take all useful measures aimed at prohibiting the sale, drinking and transport of alcoholic drinks within sensitive areas on the eve and days of matches, and on days when ‘fanzones’ are open.”

The Russian Football Federation has also had disciplinary proceedings launched against them after ugly scenes inside Marseille’s Stade Velodrome stadium following the Russia – England match on Saturday.

Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans. Some then climbed across barriers designed to keep rival fans apart, throwing punches and kicking English supporters.

Both teams have also been warned they will be thrown out of the tournament if there is further violence.

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