England vs Russia violence: Trouble breaks out in stands and fans 'charged' after final whistle

Video footage shows supporters fleeing the Stade Vélodrome following a charge by Russian fans

Mark Critchley
Saturday 11 June 2016 22:07 BST

Trouble broke out between supporters in the stands of the Stade Vélodrome following England’s 1-1 draw with Russia, their opening game of Euro 2016.

England fans were charged by large sections of the Russian support, with video footage showing how many clambered over seats and stanchions to escape the stadium.

No segregation was in place between the two sets of supporters bar a blue sheet of tarpaulin which could easily be traversed.

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Police were reportedly slow to react to the charge by Russian fans, which came almost immediately after the final whistle.

Joe Hart, the England goalkeeper, urged supporters in the stands to "be safe" and "stay here".

On the pitch, Russia salvaged a point after Vasili Berezutski struck in stoppage time to cancel out Eric Dier’s opening goal.

England were in the ascendancy for much of the match - particularly in the first half - but failed to convert their dominance into goals.

It seemed as though Dier’s strike, which came in the 73rd minute, would be enough to take Roy Hodgson’s side level at the top of Group B with Wales.

However, with seconds remaining, Berezutski sent a looping header towards the far post which evaded a flat-footed Hart.

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