Letter: Not a cuddly game

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Letter: Not a cuddly game

Sir: I attended the game on Monday. Travelling to Marseilles on the train there was a wider cross-section of supporters than on previous England trips, with a healthy number of female, black and Asian fans mixing in easily with the traditional white male,everyone determined to have a good time.

In Marseilles England fans were subjected to oafish and indifferent policing and a violently hostile local Tunisian population. If in Euro 96 Liverpool and Manchester had been like this it would have been a national disgrace.

I condemn unreservedly the England fans who did cause trouble, but the Orwellian "All foreigners good, all England fans bad" is an attitude your excellent paper should steer clear of.

PHIL ASHFORD

Slough, Berkshire

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