New Delhi: A 50-year-old English man is battling for his life at a hospital here after assault by a group of Russian fans ahead of the Euro 2016 Group B game between England and Russia, Marseille police official Laurent Nunez, has said.
The man suffered a heart attack and was resuscitated by police, and was rushed to a hospital in that city in critical condition on Sunday, reports Efe.
The attack came near the Vieux-Port district of downtown Marseille when fans clashed hours before the start of Saturday night’s match at the Stade Velodrome, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Authorities said the English man received several blows with a metal bar, some to the head.
A total of three English fans were hospitalised with serious injuries, Marseille’s city government said.
The opposing fans squared off in a pitched battle in the city’s downtown for several hours despite the deployment of riot police, who used tear gas and water cannon.
Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans near the end of the game
It was a third consecutive day of violent incidents in Marseille, mostly involving English hooligans, dozens of whom have been arrested.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve condemned the violence, blaming it on “pseudo-fans”.
There were also violent incidents inside the Stade Velodrome during Saturday night’s match, with reports of fighting and the setting off of flares.
Uefa has now begun disciplinary proceedings against Russia’s Football Union after “totally unacceptable” scenes at Saturday’s England-Russia game.The charges against Russia are for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, and setting off fireworks.