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Monday, June 15, 1998 Published at 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK


Sport: Football

Fans clash again

England fans are fighting on the beaches

Trouble has again broken out between English and Tunisian fans in Marseille where the teams were playing their opening World Cup match.


The latest pictures of violence in Marseille
As captain Alan Shearer scored England's first goal of the tournament, fighting again erupted on a beach near the city.

Fans threw bottles at each other and ripped out seats from a stand in a repeat of the scenes of Sunday night.

Police fired tear gas to keep the English and Tunisian supporters apart.

Extra security measures


[ image: Once again thugs have soured the World Cup's festive feel]
Once again thugs have soured the World Cup's festive feel
Earlier, on their way to the match, some England supporters on one side of a wide tree-lined road charged at Tunisian fans throwing bottles.

The police moved in to separate supporters outside the stadium, arresting at least eight people.

The authorities in Marseille had ordered extra security measures, including a ban on alcohol sales after the match and the early closure of bars.


The scenes destroying a World Cup dream
The city's mayor said he had been allocated the maximum number of security forces.

The measures follow a night of violence in which almost 50 people were arrested, the majority of them English, and 30 were injured.

Blair: 'No excuses'


Tony Blair: fans involved in violence are a "total disgrace"
The England fans involved were swiftly condemned by the UK Government and football authorities.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said the fighting was a "total disgrace".


[ image: Police block the road outside the stadium]
Police block the road outside the stadium
He added: "It may be a small number of fans, there may be other fans that have been involved, but that is no excuse, there aren't any excuses for it. We have to put a stop to it.

"These people have the absolute condemnation of everyone in the country."

Sports Minister Tony Banks said "drunken, brain-dead louts" among England supporters and a "moronic minority" were ruining the country's reputation abroad.

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