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Ukrainian soccer fans stay positive as national team leaves Euro 2016

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Although Ukrainian national soccer team has lost all three matches in the group stage of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in France, its supporters tried to stay positive.

The tournament didn’t go without clashes. Before Ukraine’s game with Germany on June 12, a group of German fans attacked Ukrainian fans in Lille. Ukrainian football website champion.com.ua quoted Ukrainian fans who said that some attackers spoke Russian. The French police intruded and stopped the fight. Daily Mail reported that two fans were injured.

Another conflict took place on June 13, when a pro-Kremlin journalist Graham Phillips was chasing Ukrainian fans with a camera, asking, “Why do you support Ukrainian Army that kills people in Donbas?”. The fans called Phillips “a liar” and “a mercenary journalist.”

Other than that, Ukrainian fans did well on Euro 2016. Before Russia’s game with England, they made friends with English supporters and taught them the offensive Ukrainian chant about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian and English fans sing a chant about Russian President Vladimir Putin before the Russia-England game on June 11 in France.

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