FA ‘understand implications’ if more fan violence occurs

Date published: Monday 13th June 2016 9:13

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Chief executive Martin Glenn has said the FA are treating UEFA’s tough stance on fan disorder at Euro 2016 with the “utmost seriousness”.

UEFA’s threat came after FA chief executive Glenn spoke to ITV about the “shocking” and “upsetting” violence inside the Stade Velodrome, urging England fans to stay out of trouble for the remainder of Euro 2016.

That interview was filmed before UEFA’s strongly-worded statement, though, and Glenn later said in a statement the FA had taken heed of the governing body’s warning.

“We take this letter from UEFA with the utmost seriousness,” he said.

“We understand the potential implications of our supporters’ actions and wholly accept that every effort needs to be made by The FA to positively urge them to act in a responsible and respectful way.

“Violent scenes like those witnessed over the weekend in Marseille have no place in football, nor society as a whole.

“We want people – fans and locals – to feel safe and enjoy a festival atmosphere at the Euros and we will continue to work closely with all the relevant authorities to achieve that.”

The French government, meanwhile, has announced an alcohol ban in “sensitive areas” around Euro 2016 matches.

Cazeneuve said: “Several prefects have already imposed restrictions on the sale, transportation, and consumption of alcohol.”

He also condemned the events in Marseille as unacceptable and said the police enforcement system which was in place had been “properly-sized”.

“The events that occurred last night in Marseille are unacceptable. Unacceptable to the government, socially unacceptable, unacceptable for football lovers,” he said.

“We witnessed violence between fans, caused by alcoholic hordes who have engaged in unacceptable abuses.

“The law and order system in place in Marseille yesterday was properly-sized. It was reactive and helped restore calm in an hour and a half, separating the highly alcoholic protagonists.”

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale said: “The scenes that occurred between a small minority of fans in Marseille were extremely concerning.

“The vast majority of supporters in France simply want to play their part in a great festival of football.

“We want fans of all teams to enjoy themselves but to be respectful of others and the local authorities. We urge supporters to remain calm.

“We welcome UEFA’s investigation into the incident in the stadium last night and remain in contact with Euro 2016 organisers and the FA. We stand ready to assist further in any way that we can.”

Elsewhere, there were also reports of violent clashes between Germany and Ukraine fans ahead of their match in Lille on Sunday night.

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