France implement alcohol ban near Euro 2016 venues

France's Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has announced a ban on alcohol near Euro 2016 venues and fan zones, following the fan violence that marred England's 1-1 draw with Russia.

There was touble brewing in Marseille, even they day before England's clash with Russia at Stade Vélodrome on Saturday evening. England fans were involved in more than one altercation with French police on Friday, with tear gas being used to disperse rowdy fans.

The unrest continued on Saturday morning and in the hours leading up to Saturday's encounter, while Russia fans were pictured invading the section of the stadium containing England fans following the match.

And, in a bid to curtail any future clashes, Cazeneuve has moved to impliment strict controls on the sale and distribution of alcohol in and around match venues.

"I have asked for all necessary measures to be taken to prohibit the sale, consumption and transport of alcoholic drinks in sensitive areas on match days and the day before, and on days when fan zones are open," Cazeneuve said.

"The events which took place in Marseille yesterday evening are unacceptable. Unacceptable for the authorities, unacceptable for society, unacceptable for football lovers."

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