The Latest: French court sends 2 England fans to jail

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


4:08 p.m.

A French court has convicted two English soccer fans of involvement in rioting in Marseille and sentenced them to two months and three months in prison.

Alex Booth was sentenced to two months and another fan was given a three-month sentence.

Booth, who spent his 20th birthday in a French jail cell following his arrest, put his head in his hands as the judge passed sentence.

His father shouted “miscarriage” as his son was led from court and called the decision a “disgrace.” He said French authorities were “making a scapegoat of a poor kid like Alex” and said they should “find the real thugs.”


3:55 p.m.

The head of the All-Russian Fans’ Union tells The Associated Press that the risk of more violence at upcoming games is lower because many Russians are returning home.

Alexander Shprygin says “there will be three times fewer Russians than there were in Marseille” when the team plays Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday.

The All-Russian Fans’ Union is a body with backing from the Russian government and soccer authorities.

Shprygin says many fans, both ordinary supporters and troublemakers, have flown back to Russia after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with England for financial reasons. Travel abroad is costly for Russians after the ruble fell sharply in value.

England’s game against Wales on Thursday in nearby Lens could mean many British supporters will be in Lille when Russia plays because the town of Lens is too small to accommodate large numbers of fans.


3:50 p.m.

Two England fans appeared in a packed Marseille court Monday afternoon.

One of them, identified as Alex Booth, spent his 20th birthday in jail following his arrest for involvement in rioting.

After prosecutors demanded a two-month sentence, Booth, still wearing an England shirt, told the court, “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am really, really sorry.”


3:45 p.m.

Spain was being held 0-0 by Czech Republic at halftime of the opening match of its European Championship title defense.

The two-time defending champion dominated play, but struggled to create decent scoring opportunities.

Alvaro Morata was twice denied by impressive stops from Petr Cech.

The goalkeeper did well to block Morata’s attempt from point-blank range in the 16th minute, following a cross from David Silva.

Morata went close again on the half hour mark, running onto Andres Iniesta’s through ball and feinting past Tomas Sivok before unleashing a diagonal effort which Cech turned around the post.

In the Spain goal, David de Gea was little more than a spectator until denying Tomas Necid in the final minute.


3:15 p.m.

Russia defender Roman Shishkin thanked the national team’s fans for their support in the opening match against England.

Russian hooligans fought with English fans before, during and after the 1-1 in Marseille. Dozens were injured in the violence.

Shishkin says “once again, I want to thank our supporters. They are there for us. We don’t know what happened exactly on the streets. Our work is to play, to train, and we thank the supporters.”


2:35 p.m.

Northern Ireland players have paid tribute to a fan who died in Nice, where the team played Poland in the European Championship.

The death of the man in his 20s, who has not been named, did not appear to be related to violence. Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 on Sunday.

Defender Gareth McAuley wrote on Twitter that “you think things are bad, then learn one of your own loses his life last night. Thoughts with family and friends.”

Captain Steven Davis wrote that it was “so sad to wake up to the tragic news that a Northern Ireland fan has died in Nice.”


2:10 p.m.

David De Gea will be in goal when Spain begins its European Championship title defense against the Czech Republic.

The Manchester United goalkeeper will start despite getting embroiled in an off-the-field controversy just three days before Monday’s game, after his name appeared in a police investigation into a Spanish pornographic filmmaker.

De Gea played in Spain’s final warmup match last week, but coach Vicente Del Bosque had said he would wait until the last minute to make his goalkeeper decision. Iker Casillas was an indisputable starter as Spain won two European Championship titles and the 2010 World Cup, but began losing his place after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Tomas Rosicky was fit to play for the Czech Republic after missing virtually all of last season because of injuries. Tomas Necid was picked to lead the attack, while suspended defender Marek Suchy was replaced by Roman Hubnik.


1:55 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the match between Spain and the Czech Republic in Toulouse in Group D:

Spain: David De Gea, Juanfran Torres, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Alvaro Morata.

Czech Republic: Petr Cech, Pavel Kaderabek, Tomas Sivok, Roman Hubnik, David Limbersky, Vladimir Darida, Jaroslav Plasil, Theodor Gebre-Selassie, Ladislav Krejci, Tomas Rosicky, Tomas Necid.


1:45 p.m.

England coach Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney have appealed to fans to behave after UEFA threatened to kick the team out of the European Championship.

The video messages were published Monday, one day after UEFA warned the English and Russian soccer federations they risked being disqualified for a repeat of violence in Marseille which blighted the teams’ opening Euro 2016 match on Saturday.

Hodgson says “I am obviously very concerned about the threat which is now hanging over us.”

The coach appealed to fans ahead of Thursday’s match against Wales in Lens to “stay out of trouble,” adding: “We worked very hard to get here and we really desperately want to stay in the competition.”

Rooney tells fans: “Please, if you don’t have a ticket, don’t travel.”

To fans going to the match, Rooney says: “Be safe, be sensible and continue with your great support for the players.”


1:40 p.m.

Just when he was about to speak at a France team news conference, music started blaring from Moussa Sissoko’s phone.

The Newcastle midfielder grabbed it but struggled to turn it off, drawing laughter and prompting team press officer Philippe Tournon to jokingly ask for the phone to be “evacuated” from the room.

Sissoko handed his phone to a member of staff and, once the laughter had subsided, started talking about France’s match against Albania on Wednesday.


12:55 p.m.

UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against the Croatian soccer federation after a fan ran on the field to join players celebrating a goal against Turkey.

UEFA says Croatia is charged with “field invasions by supporters.” Its disciplinary panel will judge the case on July 21.

Croatia and Turkey have also been charged with fans lighting fireworks, and Turkey for a firework being thrown.

National soccer federations are held responsible by UEFA for their fans’ behavior in and around stadiums.

After Luka Modric’s 41st-minute goal in a 1-0 win at Parc des Princes on Sunday, a man came to the edge of the field from the main stand.

Wearing a red-and-white checkerboard Croatia shirt, he huddled with blue-shirted players by the corner flag before being led away by stadium security staff.

The incident happened in the first Euro 2016 game after Russian fans charged at England supporters at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday evening.

UEFA is set to announce punishments for Russia’s soccer federation on Tuesday.


12:25 p.m.

Croatia captain Darijo Srna has left France to return home for the funeral of his father.

Croatian soccer federation spokesman Tomislav Pacak says Srna has joined his family in his hometown Metkovic. The federation has also sent officials to be with their most capped international.

Srna was told that his father, Uzeir, had died soon after Croatia’s 1-0 win over Turkey in Paris on Sunday.

It is unclear if Srna will return for the team’s second Euro 2016 match on Friday against the Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne.

Pacak says in a statement to The Associated Press: “We’ll see when exactly will he join the team again.”

The 34-year-old Srna played his 130th match for Croatia on Sunday.


12:20 p.m.

A Northern Ireland fan has died in the French city of Nice, where the country’s national soccer team was playing at the European Championship.

The Northern Irish soccer association confirmed the death in a statement Monday, but did not name the person or give any details. The death did not appear to be related to violence.

Alan McVeigh, a spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, says it was “a man in his 20s from Northern Ireland.”

Local French authorities had previously said nine people were injured Saturday in Nice, including one with head injuries. That followed clashes between local Nice hardcore fans and supporters of Poland and Northern Ireland.

Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 on Sunday.


11:50 a.m.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says 150 Russian hooligans were behind much of the violence that broke out in Marseille ahead of the England-Russia game on Saturday.

Robin spoke after a weekend of violence in the French port city ahead of the European Championship soccer game on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

About 35 people have been injured, including four people whose conditions were described as serious. Robin told reporters Monday that while “almost of those who were wounded were British,” England supporters were also responsible for some of the violence.

He said 20 people have been arrested. Ten of them — six Brits, an Austrian and three French — will face immediate trial.

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