They say arrogance in sport is a good thing. That without it scaling the heights of personal achievement, no matter what the game, is almost impossible. Without it sport certainly would have been robbed of its greatest characters, and yet so many are maligned for possessing it. It’s a criticism most recently angled at England. English football has taken a battering over the past week, quite literally in the case of their supporters. Vasili Berezutski’s stoppage time equaliser hurt, but England’s bruises in Marseille were far more literal after what happened in the city’s old port, and the Stade Velodrome itself, over the preceding few days. Regardless of who was truly to blame for the violence that marred England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia in Marseille, questions are being asked of the national psyche. What is it about the English football fan abroad that so often sparks such incendiary occurrences? Another question has been asked of the English sporting mindset too.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that some football fans will be deported from France after violent clashes marred the beginning of the 2016 European Championship.