On the field, the Russians and English tied 1-1, but French authorities were determined that the fighting fans on the street would both lose.
At least 31 people were injured Saturday, four critically, in the clashes, said Mathieu Duroselle, spokesman for Marseille police. Three police officers were slightly injured, he said. A 51-year-old British man who was seriously injured was rescued by the police, Duroselle said.
Eight people were arrested, including two Russian and two British citizens, on Saturday. Those arrests followed five British and four French citizens being apprehended on Friday, Duroselle said.
The French Interior Ministry classified the England vs. Russia match “at risk” and police deployed reinforcements.
“About 1,000 police officers were deployed to secure the game,” Duroselle said. “The situation seems calm now by the stadium and it seems like bars are closed.”
The British government retained the passports of the 3,000 people considered hooligans, stopping them from coming to France during the whole competition, at the request of French authorities.
“There have been 3,000 entry denials by the Minister of Interior, based on lists of people who are banned from stadiums in different countries participating in the competition, or individuals likely to disrupt the order in national territory,” the Interior Ministry said.
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