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France urges sanctions on England, Russia, plans alcohol ban

English and Russian fans have been involved in violent clashes with police

France’s interior minister called on tough sanctions against England and Russia after violent clashes in Marseille and urged hosting cities to consider a ban on alcohol around match days.

“It is absolutely necessary that the national federations whose supporters create incidents of this nature be punished for what happened inside the stadium, and also outside,” Bernard Cazeneuve told a news briefing.

Cazeneuve said he asked police chiefs in nine hosting cities to take all measures to prevent the sale, consumption and transportation of alcohol on the day before a fixture and on the match day.

Anybody arrested for violent incidents could also be banned from all stadiums, fan zones and popular public areas in all host cities, he added.

A Northern Irish fan meanwhile died in the French city of Nice after scaling a sea-front railing and falling on his head onto a stone beach, officials said on Monday.

He was the first supporter to die during the Euro 2016 tournament, which has been marred by off-pitch violence between fans since Friday’s opening.

Nice’s public prosecutor, Jean-Michel Pretre, said he had opened an investigation and it was not yet known what led to the 24-year-old’s death, which involved a fall of seven or eight metres.

“We’re keeping all options open and have no favoured theory for now,” Pretre said.

The incident took place at one end of Nice’s beachfront Promenade des Anglais, which spans a wide bay. A police spokesman said that no trouble had been reported in the area.

Making their first appearance at a major finals for 30 years, the Northern Irish team lost their opening match on Sunday 1-0 against Poland.

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