Rus­sian hooli­gans be­hind much of Mar­seille vi­o­lence

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Mar­seille pros­e­cu­tor Brice Robin says 150 spe­cially trained Rus­sian hooli­gans were be­hind much of the vi­o­lence that broke out in Mar­seille ahead of Eng­land’s Euro 2016 opener against Rus­sia on Satur­day. It is be­lieved that 35 peo­ple have been in­jured in the clashes, in­clud­ing four peo­ple whose con­di­tions were de­scribed as se­ri­ous. “There were 150 Rus­sian sup­port­ers who in re­al­ity were hooli­gans,” he said. “These peo­ple were well pre­pared for ul­tra-vi­o­lent ac­tion. These are ex­tremely well-trained peo­ple.” Robin said 20 peo­ple have been ar­rested, adding the hooli­gans evaded at­tempts to keep them out of France, though oth­ers were stopped at Mar­seille's air­port.

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