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EVENT ADVISORY – Travel disruption and limited incidents of violence associated to Euro 2016, France

Key Points.14062016 - Event Advisory - Travel Disruption and Limited Incidents of Violence Associated to EURO 2016 - Solace Global Intelligence

  • The EURO 2016 football competition has commenced with a number of violent incidents reported over recent days.
  • The threat of further football related violence remains at forthcoming matches, though the Marseille incidents were isolated and most fans attended events with no incident.
  • For travellers to France; plan your journey prior in order to minimise risk and avoid any potential flashpoints and disruption associated to EURO 2016.  

 

Situation Summary. With the commencement of EURO 2016 there have been a number of incidents involving rival England, Russia and France supporters. Confusing and sometimes conflicting reports mean blame is difficult to apportion and details surrounding the incidents remain confused. In summary:

  • Thursday 9 June 16 – Before the first match of the tournament, England fans outside a pub in the Old Port district of Marseille turned into alcohol fuelled confrontations with local youths and French riot police. At least one England fan and a local man were arrested.
  • Friday 10 June 16 – In the build up to England’s first match with Russia in Marseille, police deployed tear gas and a water cannon in an attempt to quell clashes between England, France and Russia supporters. One Briton was seriously injured.
  • Saturday 11 June 16 – As the 1-1 draw between England and Russia at the Stade Velodrome drew to a close, a number of Russia fans set off flares. TV footage showed a group of Russians charge towards England supporters, many of whom fled by climbing over fencing.

 

Solace Global Comment. Along with making arrests, French police reacted to some of the more serious disorder by using tear gas and water cannon. Some fans have complained they were heavy handed and the Police have also been criticised over their policing strategy. Both the French government and UEFA are under pressure to avoid more trouble. UEFA has promised to strengthen security and fan segregation inside Marseille stadium following the incident. The French government urged host cities to ban alcohol near venues to prevent further violence.

 

Practical Travel Advice. In general travellers to France should plan their travel in advance; arrive early in anticipation of increased security at border crossing points, transport hubs and EURO 2016 venues. If specifically visiting EURO 2016, maintain vigilance at all times. Limit alcohol intake and exercise particular caution in areas where rival fans remain in close proximity.  There is potential for violence to flare up with little or no notice. Some football fans are choosing not to wear national football shirts outside of venues in order to maintain a low profile and minimise the risk of targeting by rival fans.

 

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