Aussie live viewing of first World Cup game descends into chaos

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Australian fans gathered at dawn to watch the Socceroos take on defending champions France on their 2022 World Cup debut, with mass viewing quickly descending into chaos as Australian fans spat at their opponents .

Thousands of fans flocked to Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD to watch the match televised live on the big screen at 6am.

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Camera iconA daring French supporter showed up for the live screening. NCA NewsWire/David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia
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Camera iconSome Australian fans decided to confuse the French supporters by throwing drinks and spitting at him. NCA NewsWire/David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/David Crosling

The suspense was high in the opening minutes as eyes were glued to the screen watching the game’s first goal unfold.

Socceroos star Craig Goodwin scored in the tenth minute, prompting loud cheers from the fans.

The video captured the moment the sea of ​​fans burst into cheers and converge on each other hugging and singing.

But the mood didn’t last long as France scored twice in the 32nd minute to make it 2-1.

As the outlook deteriorated, fans in Federation Square quickly turned on a few brave French fans who had come to watch the match.

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Camera iconFans dressed in the national colors of green and gold descend on Federation Square. NCA NewsWire/David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

 

At the end of the match, Socceroos fans were seen crowding a small group of French supporters who were wearing blue in honor of their team.

Video and images show the moment fans started punching and spitting at each other as bottles and cans were thrown into the air.

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Camera iconSocceroos star Craig Goodwin scored the opening goal in the tenth minute. NCA NewsWire/David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia
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Camera iconThe mood quickly changed when France scored twice in the 32nd minute. NCA NewsWire/David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

Fans of the Australian team can be seen throwing food and soft drinks, spitting and shoving the lone French supporter as the scoreline solidified.

French fans were forced to take cover as they tried to avoid cans and water bottles.

Security had to be called to break up the fight and can be seen in video footage pushing aside some of the Australian fans.

No arrests were made.

A Victoria Police spokesman responded to the large crowd gathering, but said they had not yet received any complaints.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

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Camera iconHundreds of people gathered in Federations Square to watch the Socceroos debut at the 2022 World Cup. NCA NewsWire/David Crosling Credit: News Corp Australia

The police will investigate any reports made to them in relation to the event.

France won the first game with a convincing 4-1 defeat against the Australian team to the disappointment of around 7,000 fans who traveled to Doha for the event.

Fans will be back in Federation Square on Saturday night for the clash against Tunisia.

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