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Euro 2016: Briton 'fighting for his life' following third day of violence in Marseille

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By Euronews  with AFP, Reuters
Euro 2016: Briton 'fighting for his life' following third day of violence in Marseille

Shocking scenes have emerged of a third night of clashes in Euro 2016 host city Marseille.

Authorities say one Briton is fighting for his life after at least 35 civilians and police officers were injured in violence before and after Saturday’s group B match between England and Russia.

French police made several arrests and fired tear gas and water cannon to try to disperse the crowds.

At the game

Inside the Stade Velodrome, towards the end of the tie, rivalry turned into riots as Russia supporters appeared to throw projectiles at England fans.

They then seemed to rush at the opposing supporters causing some to scramble over the perimeter fence.

European footballing body UEFA has said the teams won’t be penalised but the body will be launching an investigation into events inside the ground.

At the vieux port

Eyewitnesses to the violence in the city – which took place largely in the Old Port area – say the clashes appear to have been between small groups of local French people, Russia fans and England supporters.

Public transport and taxi services were suspended, reportedly forcing hundreds of people to walk back to their hotels.

Saturday’s match had been identified as ‘high risk’ when it comes to hooliganism, raising questions over how and why such extreme violence was able to take place across three consecutive days and nights.