Six England fans jailed for violence with Russians

Alexander Booth on the seafront in Marseilles, he has been jailed for two months for throwing a bottle at police and banned from France for two years
Alexander Booth on the seafront in Marseilles, he has been jailed for two months for throwing a bottle at police and banned from France for two years

Six England fans have been jailed for taking part in the violence that involved 150 “hyper violent” Russian hooligans in Marseille.

The men, who all appeared at court in the city during a five-hour session, were imprisoned for between one to three months and banned from France for two years.

The father of 20-year-old Alexander Booth, the youngest to be jailed, was seen crying outside court and said he would fight the conviction.

It followed a French prosecutor announcing that not a single Russian hooligan had been arrested, despite there being reportedly 150 of them.

Booth and Ian Hepworth were the first fans to be dealt with after the widespread trouble in the French port city, which left another fan with severe head injuries and Euro 2016 organiser Uefa threatening to ban England and Russia if there is any repeat.

The injured England fan, Andrew Bache, 50, from Portsmouth, is in a critical condition in a French hospital after being beaten round the head by Russians armed with iron bars.

But Brice Robin, chief Marseille prosecutor, said just two Russian fans had been arrested, both for a pitch invasion.

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