Reports: Russian spectators chase English through stands after equalizer

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Euro 2016 has started extremely ugly, and it’s had nothing to do with extremist or terrorist threats.

That is unless you count hooligans, and reportedly Russian spectators added to the distasteful scenes by chasing English fans after Denis Glushakov’s late equalizer Saturday in Marseille.

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Reports say English fans were forced to sprint through the seats and to the exists in order to avoid charging Russian fans.

From the BBC’s Phil McNulty:

“As Russia celebrate that late, late equaliser there are some very disturbing scenes behind the goal that was occupied by Joe Hart. Segregation was at best flimsy and Russian fans appeared to rush across in the direction of England’s fans, who have now cleared the area. A very bad end to the night.”

And this, from Jermaine Jenas:

There were thousands of English fans who were being made to run, almost for their lives there. We don’t know who was in there; there could be kids and women?

Now they have to go off out into the Marseille night.

We’ve been reading and writing about security concerns for this tournament for months, and those threats were obviously very real.

Stay tuned…