France makes 116 arrests since start of Euro soccer championship

Paris, June 13: French police have made 116 arrests since the start of the 2016 European Football Championship on Friday, the ministry of interior announced on Monday after a weekend marked with clashes between Russian and English fans in Marseille. In a statement, the ministry said that of those 116 people arrested, 63 are still detained, reports Efe.

France has ordered the deportation of three fans and decided that five others will be prohibited from entering the country. In recent weeks, France passed similar measures against 3,000 people who have been banned from access to soccer stadiums in other countries as well.

The interior ministry insisted that these actions, aimed at security, will continue throughout the competition. The latest security measures are in reaction to the riots in Marseille on Saturday afternoon, hours before the match between England and Russia. The riots ended with 35 injured, including four in a serious condition and one critical. IANS