Government Bans Alcohol Around Euro 2016 Stadiums – The French government has announced a ban on alcohol near EURO 2016 venues following multiple fan clashes.
“I have asked for all necessary measures to be taken to prohibit the sale, consumption and transport of alcoholic drinks in sensitive areas on match days and the day before, and on days when fanzones are open,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
“The events which took place in Marseille […] are unacceptable. Unacceptable for the authorities, unacceptable for society, unacceptable for football lovers,” Cazeneuve said.
63 people have been detained by authorities and over 30 people were injured after Russian and English fans clashed after the two countries played out a 1-1 draw, and UEFA has warned both countries that they’d be thrown out if any similar incidents happen again. Both Russian and English FA associations have issued statements pleading with their fans to behave following UEFA’s threat.
“Once again we invite all the Russian fans to support the team … and not to yield to provocations. Union of European Football Associations has said that they are ready to disqualify the teams, whose fans jeopardize safety at matches. Thank you for your understanding,” a statement by the Russian supporters group read.
The English FA wrote: “We take this letter from Uefa with the utmost seriousness. We understand the potential implications of our supporters’ actions and wholly accept that every effort needs to be made by the FA to positively urge them to act in a responsible and respectful way.”