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Ten Euro 2016 fans face trial as 150 Russian hooligans escape arrest

AFP , Monday 13 Jun 2016
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Soccer fans clash in the stadium at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016 (Reuters)
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Some 150 suspected Russian football hooligans escaped arrest for Euro 2016 fan violence, while another 10 supporters from Britain, France and Austria will face trial on Monday, the Marseille prosecutor said.

On Saturday, 35 mostly British supporters were injured, three seriously, in the worst violence at an international tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.

An England football supporter seriously injured in the violence remains in a "critical but stable" condition, prosecutor Brice Robin told a news conference.

"His attackers have not been identified," Robin said.

Six Britons, one Austrian and three French spectators will be tried Monday for the violence in Marseille, he said.

He described the Russians who evaded arrest as "extremely well-trained".

Robin said the prosecution would request jail sentences for the defendants as well as a ban on entering French territory.

Also Monday, authorities in the Lyon area announced a ban on sales of alcohol to football fans when Euro 2016 matches are played in the eastern city.

However, the ban will not apply to a fan zone in the city centre where beer is consumed on site.

Lyon will host its first match on Monday, pitting Belgium against Italy with 15,000 supporters expected on each side.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve had on Sunday asked all cities hosting Euro 2016 matches to take "all necessary measures... to prohibit the sale, consumption and transport of alcoholic drinks in sensitive areas on match days and the day before, and on days when fan zones are open."

More than 1,200 riot police were deployed to quell the unrest in Marseille, which began when hundreds of supporters -- many of them drunk -- began pelting each other with bottles and chairs in the city's Vieux Port area.

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