Euro 2016: Croatia Draw Czech Despite Crowd Violence

Euro 2016 Croatia, Czech Croatia have drawn Czech Republic 2 – 2 in the ongoing Euro 2016 championship in France, despite the violence that erupted from the Croatian end.

The crisis could be in reaction to Czech’s fightback goal, after being down by two goals to the Croatians.

This comes just as a French court jails three Russian fans for two years for their role in the violence in Marseille before the England-Russia opening match.

The watershed started in the 86th minute when some Croatians threw several flares on to the pitch after Tomas Necid replaced Jaroslav Plasil.Euro 2016 Crowd Violence

The referee, Mark Clattenburg, stopped the play when another flare was fired at an official’s direction, as fights also broke out in a section behind Petr Cech’s goal post.

The Croatians’ dream was subsequently truncated just as Clattenburg awarded a penalty in favour of Czech Republic.

Substitute Necid took advantage of the penalty to give Czech an equaliser, as they remain third in Group D while Croatia sit at the top of the group.

The crisis took place on Friday at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

Euro 2016: French Court Jails Three Russian Fans For Violence

French Court, Russian Fans, Euro 2016A French court has jailed three Russian fans for two years for their role in violence in Marseille before the England-Russia opening match in the Euro 2016.

Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russian supporters detained by French police in southern France on Tuesday after the pitched battles which left at least 35 people injured.

Yerunov who is supporters’ liaison officer at Lokomotiv Moscow received the longest prison sentence of 24 months.

Gorbachev, who leads a supporters’ club at Russian second division club Arsenal Tula, was jailed for 18 months while Morozov got 12 months.

European Football Governing Body (UEFA) had warned England and Russia that they could be thrown out of the European championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.

Dozens of people were hurt in three days of clashes in Marseille and at the Stade Velodrome after the England-Russia match on Saturday, June 11, which ended in a 1-1.

The Marseille police confirmed that eight people were arrested, including British, Russian and French citizens and emphasised that four of the injured were in serious condition on Saturday.

UEFA Threatens To Disqualify England And Russia

UEFAEuropean Football Governing Body (UEFA) has warned England and Russia that they could be thrown out of the European championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.

Dozens of people were hurt in three days of clashes in Marseille and at the Stade Velodrome after the England-Russia match on Saturday which ended in a 1-1.

UEFA earlier charged Russia with misconduct over the role of its fans in the unrest.

Meanwhile, English Football Association, Chief Executive, Martin Gleen, described the violence as the worst he had seen for decades.

France braces for intense security around Euro 2016 championship.

In a statement,UEFA expressed its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city center of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome.

The French Interior Minister, Mr Bernard Cazeneuve, called the fans’ behavior barbaric and said it was “absolutely necessary that national federations whose supporters create incidents of this nature be penalised”.

The Marseille police said at least 35 people were injured and emphasised that four of them were in serious condition on Saturday.

They added that eight people were arrested, including British, Russian and French citizens.

The British government said in a statement that six British nationals were hospitalised and several others had received treatment.

“The UK Government is deeply concerned by the violence in Marseille last night, including reports that in some cases England fans were attacked by rival supporters,” it said. “We condemn the violence and urge calm on all sides.”

It said it welcomed UEFA’s launching of an investigation into the violence at the stadium, and had offered to send additional British police to France ahead of England’s next match, against Wales in Lens.

Paris Attacks: Police Discover ‘Suicide Bomb Belt’ On Street

Paris Attacks: Police Discover 'Suicide Bomb Belt' On StreetThe French police are examining what appears to be a suicide bomb belt found dumped on a Paris street in France’s capital.

The suicide bomb belt found is said to resemble belts used by the attackers and was discovered in a suburb which a suspect is thought to have passed through after the attacks.

The US has issued a worldwide travel alert in response to the attacks.

The Belgian capital, Brussels, also remains on high alert and schools and the metro will stay closed on Tuesday.

They are due to reopen on Wednesday but the highest alert level will continue for at least another week.

Authorities fear Paris-style attacks may be carried out in the city, where at least one Paris attacker lived, with Prime Minister Charles Michel warning that the threat remains “imminent”.

The police in Belgium has charged a fourth suspect with terrorism offences related to the deadly attacks on Paris.

This was 10 days after the Islamic State (IS) militant group launched near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed about 130 people.

While the French President, Francois Hollande, described the attacks as an ‘act of war’ organised by the militant group, the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, asked European countries to ‘wake up’ to terror threats after it emerged that the suspected Belgian ringleader of the attacks had entered France undetected.

Paris Attacks: France Calls On EU To ‘Wake Up’ To Threat

Paris Attacks: France Calls On EU To 'Wake Up' To Threatparis policeThe French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, says European countries must ‘wake up’ to terror threats.

He spoke after it emerged that the suspected Belgian ringleader of the attacks had entered France undetected.

Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, has, however, defended Belgium’s security services amid claims the attacks were organised there.

The defence came as EU Interior Ministers are due to hold emergency talks.

The meeting in Brussels is expected to tighten checks at the external borders of the EU’s passport-free Schengen area.

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said that the EU’s cherished passport-free Schengen zone would be in danger if the bloc did not improve border controls, after it emerged the ringleader of the Paris attacks had managed to enter Europe unnoticed.

It was confirmed on Thursday that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan origin linked to a series of extremist plots in Europe over the past two years, had died in a police raid on an apartment in northern Paris on Wednesday.

As debate raged about the failings that had let Abaaoud slip through the net, Valls urged France’s neighbours to “play their role properly”, saying the whole Schengen system would be called into question if Europe does not take responsibility for its borders.

The Schengen system allows passport-free travel between 26 countries, but it has come under severe strain this year, as the continent struggles with its biggest migration crisis since World War II.