Tuesday 23 January 2018

French government ban alcohol at Euro 2016 fan zones and other 'sensitive' areas

Rival supporters clash at the old port of Marseille before the game
Rival supporters clash at the old port of Marseille before the game

After three days of violent clashes between fans, the French government have announced an alcohol ban in Euro 2016 fan zones and additional ‘sensitive areas.’

The decision has been taken following a series of violent exchanges in Marseille between England and Russian fans and local gangs.

There have been reports of more trouble in Nice, where local youths are said to have attacked Northern Ireland and Poland fans prior to their opening game.

Furthermore, German and Ukrainian supporters are said to have clashed this afernoon.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the following: “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 fan zones are open.”

The ban will include public areas, shops and off-licences, while officials can also ban bars and cafés from serving alcohol on their terraces that can be used as projectiles.

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