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Monday, June 15, 1998 Published at 18:46 GMT 19:46 UK

Sport: Football

Hooligans to be booted out

England fans: clashed with Tunisians on the beach

BBC News' Paul Newman: Tunisian fans started violence after first England goal
The French government has approved measures to automatically expel foreign hooligans following the violence involving English football supporters in Marseilles.

Tension remains high in the city following England's two-nil victory over Tunisia this afternoon.

Trouble occurred both outside the stadium before the game and on the beach where fans watched the match on a giant screen.

Up to 15 fans who arrested on Sunday could become the first to receive French fast track sentencing.

[ image: Once again thugs have soured the World Cup's festive feel]
Once again thugs have soured the World Cup's festive feel
Further fighting broke out between English and Tunisian fans on Monday when the teams played their opening World Cup match.

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.

Mass expulsions possible

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.

[ image: Police block the road outside the stadium]
Police block the road outside the stadium
The police moved in to separate supporters outside the stadium, arresting at least eight people.

Some of the first fans arrested will appear in court as part of the fast track system of justice threatened by French officials before the tournament began.

Mass expulsions may also be used as an emergency measure meaning fans could be flown home.

Extra security measures

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 BBC's Robert Hall on the reactions at home and abroad to the violence
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'

The England fans involved were swiftly condemned by the UK Government and football authorities.

Tony Blair: fans involved in violence are a "total disgrace"
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said the fighting was a "total disgrace".

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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