The start of England’s 2016 Euro campaign has been marred with violence, and Lincoln football fans have been caught up in clashes with Russian supporters.
Many fans were left injured after a day of violent brawls between European football hooligans on the streets of Marseille on Saturday, June 11.
Following this, after the England v Russia game that afternoon, Russian fans appeared to charge towards the English and attack them within the stands.
Russian fans were said to have kicked and punched rival supporters, with many, including women and children, climbing fences to flee.
A photograph which emerged of the traumatic scenes after the final whistle shows a dishevelled Lincoln City FC flag where supporters had fled from.
Lincoln Lettings Manager Matt Hardwicke tweeted: “Hoping Lincoln City FC fans near this flag got out okay!! Terrible scenes.”
Hoping the Lincoln City FC fans near this flag got out okay!! Terrible scenes. pic.twitter.com/BvuC0RyOnX
— Matt Hardwicke (@m4tt_h) June 11, 2016
The Football Association was warned by UEFA that England, along with Russia, risk being kicked out of the tournament if the scenes were repeated.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn said the warning from Uefa was being treated with the “utmost seriousness”.
“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,” he said in a statement.
“Violent scenes like those witnessed over the weekend in Marseille have no place in football, nor society as a whole.”
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