During the build up to Euro 2016, most true football fans were genuinely excited about the action they hoped to see on the pitch. Yet before spectators at home had heard the first whistle blow, the kick off had already taken place…literally!
Of course we are referring to the violence seen at Euro 2016, specifically in Marseille. Just like football, there are two sides to this story. On one side, the well behaved English shake their heads in disbelief, wondering why Britain has to go through the upcoming referendum at all, surely the rest of Europe just want us to leave. Yet some reports suggest that Russians are goading the English and whilst aggression on the pitch is often lacking, this does not seem to apply to booze fuelled antics.
Ahead of the Championship, fears of security had mainly surrounded the threat from ISIS. Security measures have been high with 42,000 police officers, 30,000 gendarmes and additional agents from the equivalent of the French SAS! Yet so far, it is the fans that they are supposed to be protecting which are giving them the most problems.
It is not all bad news, the Welsh seem to be enjoying themselves in a good natured manner, especially after their win against Slovakia. Pitching up in Bordeaux, the Welsh have now made the local Charles Dickens Bar their new home..and the French owners have stated that they are the friendliest of all the fans, putting the English to shame! Although let’s not forget that Charles Dickens was English, so maybe it is just a few bad English apples causing the trouble…
At the end of day, football is just a game and we should remember the advice given by Gary Lineker, Football is a simple game, 22 men chase a ball for ninety minutes and at the end, the Germans win….
If you are still intending to travel to Euro 2016, make sure you stay safe and check the Foreign Office Advice for security information.