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Are fans at Euro 2016 hiding flares in their rectums?
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Are fans at Euro 2016 hiding flares in their rectums?

The Local/AFP · 20 Jun 2016, 14:08

Published: 20 Jun 2016 14:08 GMT+02:00

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Security at the Euro 2016 stadiums and fan zones is tight, but still not tight enough, apparently. 
A French-Albanian man is facing court on Monday after he hid a banned flare in his rectum to smuggle it into the Nice fan zone where two people were hurt when it was set off, prosecutors said.
The 18-year-old set off the flare in the fan zone in the southern French city during last Wednesday's game between France and Albania causing burns to two people as well as himself, prosecutors said.
Security is at an all time high at both the grounds and the fan zones, but even in the case of the French-Albanian man, pat-down searches failed to find the 18 centimetre (seven-inch) by four centimetre (1.6-inch) flare which was reportedly hidden in a condom.
It raises the question if other flare-toting fans (including Russia fans - see video above) have also stored the dangerous devices in their rectums to sneak past security.
The tournament has already been blighted by a few other incidents including flares, most dramatically during the Croatia-Czech Republic match in Saint-Etienne, where UEFA brought charges after at least ten flares were lobbed from the Croatian corner of the Saint-Etienne stadium.
Flares have also been fired at the Hungary and Iceland clash in Marseille, the Spain and Turkey match in Nice, and Belgium versus Ireland in Bordeaux (see pics below). 
While Uefa and French authorities have been criticized for allowing so many flares in, if fans are willing to go to such lengths (or depths) is there anything the security guards can do?
What's the French word for rubber glove (gant de caoutchouc)? 
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