‘Sore losers’ Aussie rules football fans spit on French supporters as wild brawl breaks out in Melbourne
Shocking moment Socceroos fans SPIT at French supporters and fly their flag in a crowded fan zone as a wild brawl breaks out after the Australians were beaten 4-1 in the World Cup opener
A public World Cup screening descended into violence in Melbourne as Socceroos supporters turned on a small group of French fans celebrating their victory – throwing punches, spitting and throwing bottles and cans.
Thousands of people filled Federation Square on Wednesday morning for the Socceroos’ opening match against defending champions France in Qatar.
First there were scenes of jubilation as the Socceroos hit the front with a Craig Goodwin goal – before France regained the half-time lead and extended it to 4-1 at the end of the first game.
Shortly after the match ended, shocking images and photos showed French fans forced to take cover around 8am as they were pelted with cans and bottles of water.
Violence erupted between the Socceroos and French supporters in Federation Square in Melbourne after Australia’s 4-1 World Cup defeat
Rival fans threw water bottles at each other as the large crowd looked on
There are also reports that a French flag was stolen from some Les Bleus supporters by Australian supporters.
Footage also emerged of flares being launched during the match.
Tensions eased soon after without any arrests being made.
“Police have not yet received a complaint but will investigate any reports made to them of the event,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia.
“We urge anyone who has not spoken with the police to come forward.
“There is no place for violent or anti-social behavior in the community and we support the vast majority of sports fans who are celebrating this exciting time in the right spirit.”
There were dark and much more subdued scenes elsewhere in Australia following the loss, including Sydney’s iconic Cheers bar.
Fans will return to Federation Square on Saturday night for the Socceroos’ must-see clash against Tunisia.
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