Third day of violence in Marseille ahead of England vs. Russia

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Ahead of England’s EURO 2016 Group B opener against Russia in Marseille, fans have been involved in a third-straight day of violence.

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Numerous reports claim that clashes begun at around 3 p.m. local time on Saturday after two consecutive days of scuffles and fights in the streets between England fans and French police as the latter tried to disperse large groups of supporters in the old port of Marseille.

It is believed the initial violence began on Thursday and on Friday there was widespread violence as England supporters could be seen throwing bottles at police and tear gas was used to push them out of certain bars and areas.

Nine people were arrested on Friday, following on from two in the early hours of Friday, and many England supporters are blaming heavy-handed police tactics for causing the outbreaks of violence which carried on long into the night on Friday.

This particular game in this particular setting was always likely to be a problem as English and Russian fans were combined with the renowned Marseille ultras.

The scenes over the past few days have sparked reminders of the last time England played in Marseille which was in their opening game of the 1998 World Cup against Tunisia. Back then England’s fans fought running battles with locals and police and Marseille was described as war zone.

The shocking scenes in the videos below show that some areas of France’s second-largest city look very similar to a war zone, just hours before England face Russia.