An England fan evades a smoke grenade thrown by riot French police during clashes with Russian supporters. Photo: EPA
Home and Away by Peter Simpson
A week of wonder beaten and bruised by Russian desire for a hooligans’ league
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Peter Simpson is a China-UK based journalist and the SCMP’s former Beijing 2008 Olympics news editor. He has covered major international news and sporting events, most recently the London 2012 Olympics and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Peter is a Premier League season ticket holder at newly promoted Southampton FC.