Leading article: Gallic Dutch courage

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Leading article: Gallic Dutch courage

ALCOHOL WAS available in Marseilles for England v Tunisia. Result: drunken hooliganism. Alcohol was not available in Lens for England v Colombia. Result: relatively trouble-free time had by all. The logical conclusion drawn by the French authorities is to allow the sale of booze from 8.30am in St Etienne, scene of England's match with Argentina tomorrow. It is far too late for the French to do anything about the unspeakable shambles of ticket allocation in this World Cup. But to carry out this experiment to investigate the links between alochol and violence using real English fans in a real French town would be funny if we did not fear

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