The Latest: Old Port in Marseille calm ahead of match

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Posted: Jun 11, 2016 7:02 AM
The Latest: Old Port in Marseille calm ahead of match

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):

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1 p.m.

Marseille's historic Old Port was busy but calm on Saturday morning, a day after police repeatedly fired tear gas at rowdy, drunken soccer fans.

Remnants of broken beer bottles remained on the cobbled streets of the port and terraces were packed with fans ahead of Saturday night's European Championship match between England and Russia at the Stade Velodrome.

UEFA has repeated its appeal to fans to behave and says it is "confident that the safety of travelling fans will be ensured by the local authorities which are responsible for order in the city."

Jean Patrick Berbera was racing to install extra security shutters to his store in the Old Port area.

He says French police "did their jobs, but, well, it sort of kicked off a civil war at the port last night."

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12:00 a.m.

French President Francois Hollande has praised the country's transport and security services for their handling of the opening match.

Speaking before France's 2-1 win over Romania at Stade de France on Friday, Hollande said everything is being done to "make a success" of the European Championship.

He said spectators were able to get to the stadium with "no difficulty at all" and that everything "went smoothly" on the trains and the metro (subway) and for those driving.

"As for security, everybody has kept to the rules — and that's very important," he said. "There are 20,000 Romanians here who have also been subjected to the same checks and they completely understood."