Letter: England's shame

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Sir: I cannot believe the blanket condemnation of English fans in Marseilles. It seems clear that the trouble originated when a car - driven by Tunisians - ran over an England supporter. It was natural and right for the English to retaliate.

The English reputation from the 80s has caused any young drunken males from a different nationality to "have a go". The English have no other choice but to fight back. We should not be ashamed of these people but proud that they are willing to stand their ground and defend themselves and others.



Sir: In response to Kathy Wooton (letter, 16 June) I would note that there are 32 countries involved in this competition. Every fan is exposed to the same bar opening hours. They have not all rioted on the street.