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French court jails English soccer fans for Euro 2016 violence

News 13 Jun 2016, 19:56 IST

MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - A judge jailed two British soccer fans on Monday for their involvement in the street violence in Marseille at the opening of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.

Alexander Booth, a 20-year-old cook, was sentenced to two months in prison, while psychiatric nurse Ian Hepworth received a three-month term.

"I'm truly sorry. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I'm no hooligan," Booth told the judge before his sentence was read.

Both men will be barred from entering France for two years.

(Reporting by Jean-Francois Rosnoblet; writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Brian Love)

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