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Britain’s Euro 2016 police chief lambasts ‘tooled up’ Russian fans

Assistant chief constable Mark Roberts says some supporters wore gum shields during clashes with England fans in Marseille

The head of Britain’s Euro 2016 policing operation has hit out at the Russian football fans behind the scenes of violence in Marseille – and vowed to help search for them.

Assistant chief constable Mark Roberts said the attacks were the most serious and coordinated he had seen in 10 years specialising in football violence.

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Russian hooligans were savage and organised, say England fans

Some were disguised in English club shirts and equipped with gumshields and truncheons for violence in Marseille

England fans embroiled in violence in Marseille on Saturday night have said groups of Russian hooligans launched “savage coordinated attacks” around the city, disguised in English club shirts and equipped with gumshields and telescopic truncheons.

Roaming Russian fans approached the violence, which occurred before and after England’s opening Euro 2016 game in Marseille, with “military organisation”, fans said, as Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia’s football union.

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Euro 2016: French police in fresh clashes with England fans

Violence erupts as around 60 riot police march on fans as they congregate outside bars and hotels in Marseille

French riot police have charged with batons and fired teargas on England fans in the old port of Marseille, in the third day of violence ahead of Saturday evening’s tie with Russia.

After a relatively peaceful morning, violence erupted around 3pm. Around 60 riot police marched on fans as they congregated outside bars and hotels on the harbour.

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