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On Thursday evening, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of England supporters massed in the southern port city of Marseille, the home base for their team during the month-long tournament. And some did what they have a reputation for doing, drinking a lot, singing offensive songs and getting into fights.
Euro 2016, the once-every-four-years soccer tournament between Europe's top national teams, kicks off in Paris today. Ahead of the build-up to the games, there were plenty of security concerns, from the looming specter of Islamist violence to threats of far-right, ultra-nationalist terrorism. So far, though, the main disturbance has come from a different source: English fans.
In 1998, when France hosted the World Cup, English fans got into running street battles with locals and Tunisian supporters in Marseille. At Euro 2000 in Belgium, nearly 200 English supporters were arrested after a near-riot ahead of a game against Germany. Pubs and city squares were smashed up. Well, you cant deny English people love their "soccer,drinking and fighting," it's in their DNA....www.washingtonpost.com... pinl_wv&wpmm=1
some English fans had chanted "ISIS, where are you?" while roaming the city, which is home to a large population of North African descent. ISIS is another name for the Islamic State, the violent extremist organization that still controls territory in Iraq and Syria.
The Telegraph quoted eyewitnesses who claimed that some English fans had chanted "ISIS, where are you?" while roaming the city, which is home to a large population of North African descent. ISIS is another name for the Islamic State, the violent extremist organization that still controls territory in Iraq and Syria.
Just shows how little you know
Dave Tomlinson, from the Football Supporters' Federation, who is in Marseille for the match, told BBC News it had been "disappointing to see any problems". "We understand from the reports that it's a very small minority England fans that have been involved," he said.
"We also understand that unfortunately there has been quite a lot of provocation from the French and also the Russian elements that are in the area."
Well, i think i'v been around a lot longer than you
The world relates to Soccer as the game of
Oh and it's Football not soccer.
The world relates to Soccer as the game of "Soccer".
And with regard to brawling etc,we each have our own opinion, don't we.
originally posted by: tommo39
a reply to: Cobaltic1978
Don't you believe it, have a look at this.....'It was like guerrilla warfare': Video shows Marseille restaurant ablaze as England fans clash with locals, rival Russian fans and riot police in second night of violent battles. www.dailymail.co.uk... s-lager-breakfast.html
Well, i think i'v been around a lot longer than you,....
..... and english soccer fans love trouble, boozing, fighting and causing mayhem whenever they can....
....they are possessed when they travel abroad,....
.... unfortunately they are the new generation of troublemakers ....