Following several days of major altercations between Russian, English and French fans in Marseille (which left at least 35 people injured), France has called for alcohol bans in cities hosting Euro 2016 matches.
On June 12, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced restrictions on the sale of alcohol in certain areas, as well as on its transportation and consumption.
"I have asked for all necessary measures to be taken to prohibit the sale, consumption and transport of alcoholic beverages in sensitive areas on match days and the day before, and on days when fan zones are open,” Cazeneuve said, according to the BBC.
The ban would apply to shops, liquor stores and public areas in the vicinity of the matches. It could also extend to local establishments serving alcohol, if they come in containers that could potentially be used as missiles.
"The events which took place in Marseille ... are unacceptable. Unacceptable for the authorities, unacceptable for society, unacceptable for football lovers," Mr. Cazeneuve added.
"We witnessed violence between fans, caused by alcoholic hordes who have engaged in unacceptable abuses. The law and order system in place in Marseille yesterday was properly-sized," he explained, according to the Independent.
“It was reactive and helped restore calm in an hour and a half, separating the highly alcoholic protagonists."
European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, is currently investigation the situation, and has already warned both England and Russia that they could face disqualification from the tournament if fan violence continues.
The U.K. government has reportedly offered to send additional British police ahead of England’s next match in Lens on June 16, and UEFA is holding disciplinary hearings against Russia for crowd disturbances, racist behavior and the use of fireworks, according to the BBC.