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MARSEILLE /FRANCE/, June 11 /TASS/. The Russian consulate in Marseille has no information that Russian fans have been detained or injured in the clashes that preceded the start of the Group B match between the teams of Russia and England, a consulate source told TASS.
The total number of casualties have increased from 16 to 31 people, the local newspaper La Provence reported referring to a statement issued by the Prefecture of Marseille.
"For the moment, the consulate has received no information about the detained or injured Russian fans," the source said.
Clashes involving British and French fans as well as the local residents broke out at night on June 9 and continued until Saturday. "UEFA resolutely condemns the incidents in Marseille. People participating in such violent actions have no place in football," UEFA said.
Russian and British fans have clashed outside the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, the venue of the first group round Euro-2016 match between England and France, shortly before the match, the AFP reported.
Thousands of British fans, most of whom were drunk, gathered on the embankment near the Old Port (Vieux Port) in Marseille earlier on Saturday. Some of them hurled glass bottles at the police at around 16:00 local time (17:00 Moscow time) who had to use tear gas and smoke pellets.
Late, a group of 22 Russian fans attacked about 100 British fans. The Brits hurled glass bottles at the Russians and retreated. But the Russian team’s fans chased them into the nearby side-streets throwing bottles at their foes. As a result, four British fans received heads injuries. The Russians managed to escape from the scene.
Riots and unrest broke out in Marseille on Thursday and on Friday. They had been triggered by the British fans and local residents. Police managed to avert some brawls involving Russian fans.