How English football fans ruined Euro 2016

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I am a proud English football fanatic, but one of the main talking points to come out of Euro 2016 so far, isn’t the compelling football, or the scintillating skill on show but – as per usual at a major tournament – a few England fans causing trouble.

We are one day in to Euro 2016 and we’ve already heard reports of English fans chanting “ISIS where are you?”, throwing tables and chairs, punching people, chucking glasses at the police, all after one day.

For starters, France is in a very precarious situation at the moment with the situation with ISIS, and so what do the English do? Get drunk and rowdy. Of course all of the blame isn’t on the English, it takes two groups to square off, and a portion of French fans need to share the blame, but why is one of the two groups always ours?

It’s embarrassing and it’s time for us to take some responsibility as a nation.

For far too long as a country we’ve celebrated our drinking culture, and laughed at drunken antics. There needs to be a limit, especially when abroad. We’re turning into a self-entitled, over-privileged nation that others turn their nose at.

English fans at Euro 2016.

English hooligans Euro 2016. Image from @CasMudde on Twitter.

This quote comes from Ch Supt Steve Neill, a British policeman, in Marseille and shows that it’s almost expected that English fans will cause some trouble:

“There are thousands of England supporters who will come here and have a fantastic time. There is a small minority who drink too much and get involved in some anti-social behaviour.”

A little bit of trouble is expected, because we are English. But hey, at least the EU might not have to put up with us for too much longer.


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  1. Andrew

    Jun 11, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Nice little article this Craig. Shame that once again the Euros talking points are not about the football. Something needs to be done.

    • Craig


      Jun 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Cheers Andrew. Hopefully it’s just a blip and we can focus on the match tonight.

  2. Tarek

    Jun 13, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Enough is enough I avoid these tournaments because of the violence. It’s time England was made an example of and banned from participating and playing in the next World Cup

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