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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:13 PM

Uefa to open case against Russia alleging violence...racism

Saturday evening, there were confrontations between England fans and French riot police. There were widely reported incidents of British visitors to the town chanting loudly and throwing bottles when confronted by the authorities.

England fans leaving Marseille from the St Charles train station on Sunday, however, said Russians had appeared intent on attacking them from the moment they appeared in the Old Port part of Marseille on Saturday afternoon.

“They were very organised,” said Ian Allsop, a builder from Luton. “They wore gumshields, some had England shirts on to mix in. They were there to do the English. And they were thickset, stocky guys. People were getting bottles smashed on their heads, bats smashed into them. Loads of people were hurt.”

Allsop said he had been looking for his 24-year-old son during the violence when he was attacked. “About 300 Russians came out of nowhere. They just walked straight through all the England fans who were standing about singing,” he said. “The Russians just started hitting anyone they could.

“One went to punch me, I ducked and punched him back to defend myself. I had to. But then someone took a bat to my arm. It is killing me today. I have got tickets for the semi-final but I wouldn’t come if it was here. Later, on the way to the game, a group of locals starting spitting at us. We told them to stop and they took out knives on us. The police were nowhere.”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/jun/12/russian-hooligans-savage-organised-england-fans-marseille-euro-2016

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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 12:31 PM

1. Russia Today with their usual half-truths and double-speak:

https://www.rt.com/sport/346225-england-fan-violence-marseille/

* Buries the article deep down on their frontpage.

* Not even once does the article even hint that russian hooligans started fights. Throughout the text, it's always either "fans" or "english fans". When it comes to who was to blame for this or that specific incident of violence, the article never refers to "russian fans", just "fans" in general.

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