Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney call for England fans to behave themselves
England supporters under the microscope after outbreaks of fighting in Marseille
June 13th, 2016
England’s 1-1 draw with Russia on Saturday night was followed by an outbreak of violence thought to have been caused largely by Russian hooligans.
However, Uefa have already taken a dim view of the behaviour from some England fans, with the national team threatened with expulsion from Euro 2016 should the violence continue in France.
Russia have also been threatened with the same and it appears that a small hardcore number of hooligans were involved in an organised attack on England fans.
Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney have come out publicly and requested that the fans steer clear of trouble ahead of Thursday’s clash against Wales in Lille.
“As the England manager I am obviously now very concerned about the threat that is hanging over us and the sanction that could possibly be imposed upon the England team,” said Hodgson, in a recorded a video, shared by the Football Association on Twitter. “We worked very hard to get here and we want to stay in the competition.
“I’m appealing therefore to all of our fans, and we appreciated your support at the matches of course, but I’m appealing to you to stay out of trouble and try and make certain that these threats that are being issued are never carried out and we will be able to do the best we can to stay in the competition.”
Wayne Rooney echoed these sentiments as part of a recorded video.
“I’d like to thank the fans for the support against Russia. Now we have a big game coming up against Wales and I’d like to ask the fans, ‘please, if you don’t have a ticket, don’t travel’,” said Rooney. “And for fans with tickets, ‘be safe, be sensible and continue with your great support for the players’.”