‘At Euro 2000, England were threatened with exclusion from the tournament because of behaviour outside the stadium which was of much less severity than what took place on the streets of Marseille by Russian fans. If there could be a threat to England’s participation at Euro 2000 because of lesser behavioural problems outside the ground then surely there has to be a question over Russia’s continued participation in this tournament based on what we saw in the stadium’, Kevin Miles, the leader of association of British football fans, said in the interview with The Telegraph.
‘There’s got to be a huge question mark about the policing. The first responsibility of a police force at a tournament is to guarantee the safety of people coming to watch it, and they singularly failed to do that. We’ve observed the French police watching some of those groups form up together, march across the square and then launch into an attack on English football fans while doing nothing to prevent it. The policing that does happen is tear gas being fired into areas where disturbances are taking place, which doesn’t differentiate between perpetrators and victims. To cap it all, there are no arrests. Nobody gets nicked for this’, Miles concluded.
After the recent match between national teams of England and Russia, immediately after the final whistle, Russian fans broke into the English fan sector of the stadium and started a fight. UEFA opened case against Russia’s Football Union due to their fans’ violent behavior after the match. The case and respective sanctions will be considered on June 14.