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Are fans at Euro 2016 hiding flares in their rectums?

Authorities at Euro 2016 in France are under pressure to stop fans smuggling flares into stadiums, but after one man was found to have hidden one device in his rectum, is there anything they can do?

Are fans at Euro 2016 hiding flares in their rectums?
All photos: AFP
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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POLICE

Four police hurt in clashes with Saint-Etienne ultras

Four French police officers were hurt during clashes outside Saint-Etienne's stadium after Monaco crushed the home team, police and local government said on Saturday.

Four police hurt in clashes with Saint-Etienne ultras
Saint-Etienne's supporters clash with police following the French L1 football match between Saint-Etienne and Monaco. Photo: Romain Lafabregue/AFP

The Ligue 1 game was played on Friday with the two stands behind the goals in the Stade Geoffroy Guichard closed as punishment for incidents involving Saint-Etienne's ultras during another heavy home defeat in the derby against Lyon on November 5th.

After the match in the central city on Friday, which Saint-Etienne lost 4-0, police said around 200 people gathered outside the entry to the stadium looking for trouble and vandalising property. The ultras started throwing stones at police, who responded by firing teargas grenades.

Among the police who drove the crowd away, two were taken to hospital for treatment, one of them with a hand injury which is expected to keep him off duty for three weeks.

The only supporter arrested, a 21-year-old, was held overnight and was due in court in Saint-Etienne on Saturday afternoon on charges of throwing a projectile at the police.