‘Sore loser’ Socceroos fans SPRAY on French supporters and rip a flag in a packed fan zone before a wild brawl erupts after the Aussies were thrashed 4-1 in the World Cup opener
World Cup celebrations have turned ugly after violence broke out between rival fans in Melbourne.
Thousands gathered in Federation Square on Wednesday morning for the opening of the Socceroos tournament against defending champions France in Qatar.
There were cheering scenes after the Socceroos got in front after six minutes before France hit back to lead 2-1 at half time.
Tensions escalated during the second half between rival fans watching in Melbourne after France extended their lead to win 4–1.
Shocking footage and photos have emerged of Socceroos supporters turning against a small group of French fans celebrating the win, with some spitting on supporters of the winning team.
Violence erupted between the Socceroos and French fans at Melbourne’s Federation Square after Australia’s 4–1 defeat
Rival fans threw water bottles at each other as the large crowd watched
French fans were forced to take cover as cans and water bottles were pelted at them by the crowd.
video posted on social media shows punches between the opponents.
There are also reports that a French flag has been stolen from some Les Bleus supporters by Australian fans.
Footage has also surfaced of flares being thrown during the match.
Tensions subsided a short time later.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Victoria Police for comment.
There were somber and much more subdued scenes elsewhere in Australia after the loss, including Sydney’s iconic Cheers bar.