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Police Block Skirmish Between Russian, English Soccer Fans In Marseille


French police stepped in to break up groups of English and Russian soccer fans who squared off and taunted each other in Marseille on June 10.

About 1,000 police were deployed in the Mediterranean city as an estimated 70,000 England fans and 20,000 Russians arrived on June 10 and 11 ahead of a June 11 match between the two countries in the Euro 2016 tournament.

Reuters TV footage showed one bare-chested supporter in the back of a police van and a handcuffed English fan being marched by two officers along the edge of Marseille's old harbor.

Police said they separated the English and Russian fans and made at least two arrests. They said they fired tear gas to disperse some drunk Englishmen.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet said the trouble amounted to a minor scuffle. British and Russian police were reported to be working with their French counterparts to maintain order.

Based on reporting by Reuters and TASS
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