Two other English supporters are in serious condition and two dozen people had to receive medical attention. Upd. at 15:51 So far in the European Championship, 200 foreign agents have been involved in controlling the violence of fans with the French police. CEST “Things degenerated for an hour and a half” in which security agents “were confronted with violent (…) and, in some cases drunk individuals,” according to Laurent Nunez, prefect of Marseille’s police force. One of the fights that ensued saw an Englishman, about 50-years-old, beaten in the face with metal bars by a group of Russians. If the past few days had seen English hooligans involved in brawls with the security forces in areas and pubs across the city, the arrival of Russian fans in the vicinity of the Vieux Port only further escalated tensions. Revived at first by a security agent, the man was rushed to Timone Hospital and, according to some media sources, is in a state of cardio-respiratory resuscitation – his prognosis is unknown. In the hours leading up to England’s Group B opener against Russia at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday, supporters of both teams clashed once again in Marseille, leading to the game being declared as high risk and one man in critical condition in hospital. That, however, has not prevented the incidents that have taken place in a country that since the jihadist attacks on November 13, 2015, is in a state of emergency and has had extreme security measures in place since. EFE 12/06/2016 French authorities have asked their British counterparts to retain the passports of 3,000 English hooligans to prevent them from crossing the English Channel. In addition, reinforcements were sent to Marseille for the England-Russia game on Saturday night.