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Old enemy rears its ugly head as England fans clash with police

Scenes prior to opening Euro 2016 match against Russia echo violent images many thought had been confined to history

It remains the bastard strand of English football’s DNA. The run up to this campaign has been dominated by nostalgia over Euro 96, the moment at which football came home, put on its face paint and transformed into today’s glossy lifestyle choice.

But in the images of charging riot police, bloodied faces, flying bottles and packs of fans descending like dogs on downed rivals were echoes of scenes in Charleroi in 2000 and Marseille in 1998, two years after the supposed watershed of 1996.

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