French police tactics could lead to more Euro 2016 violence, expert warns

Geoff Pearson, who advises British police, says use of force as seen in Marseille is counterproductive

An expert on football hooliganism who witnessed violence involving England fans in Marseille on Thursday night has said heavy-handed police tactics contributed to the trouble.

Police used teargas, dogs and rubber bullets to break up the brawl between locals and England fans who had gathered at the Queen Victoria pub two days before England’s opening Euro 2016 game.

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