11:00 Jun. 13, 2016
Witnesses insist the hooligans were of Russian origin
Ukrainian and German fans clashed in the city of Lille some hours before Sunday's encounter between Germany and Ukraine.
The incident occured in the city centre in one of the cafes where Ukrainians were awaiting the game. According to numerous media reports, a gang of nearly 80 fans with German symbolics started throwing glass bottles at the Ukrainians, shouting insulting words and tearing off the Ukrainian scarves and flars. Video footage circulated on social media showed around the gand exchanging punches and kicks.
When the police arrived, the supposedly German fans left the place, no arrested hooligans are reported, whereas two fans were allegedly injured. Later the witnesses claimed the assailants were Russian emigrants living in Germany.
As reported earlier, Euro-2016 started with numerous clashes between football fans. On Saturday, June 11th, Russian and French fans rioted before the game in Marseille's Old Port district and briefly outside the nearby Stade Vélodrome in a third straight day of violence in the city. The police fired tear gas and water cannons at the fighting fans.
The clashes started again moments after the final whistle when a large group of Russia fans in a stand behind one of the goals advanced on England supporters in a neighboring area, throwing objects and breaking through a line of stewards. England fans ran for the exits in panic.
UEFA, the governing body overseeing European soccer, will open disciplinary proceedings over the violence in Marseille, with Russia facing a stronger punishment after the events inside the stadium.
In view of escalating conflicts between the visitors of the tournament France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve asked for restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol in Euro 2016 host cities after three days of drunken violence in Marseille. Alcohol restrictions could apply on the eve and the days of matches, in public spaces, bars around stadiums and stores that sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. Local officials will be allowed to decide which areas would be dry.
Lens, in the north, has already banned sales of bottles of hard liquor in the town center and restricted other alcohol sales. In Lille, authorities have asked police to sanction bars that sell alcohol to people who are drunk.