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Attacked for Being Icelandic in Paris

Last night, an Icelander was attacked by an Englishman at a pub in Paris, who broke a bottle in his face, severely injuring his nose. The attacker was arrested and is now in a Paris prison.

Arnar Þór Gíslason left Iceland for Paris yesterday in order to be able to attend Sunday’s football game between Iceland and France in the EURO 2016 quarter-finals. He was at a pub with a friend when the unexpected occurred.

He described to RÚV what happened: “We were at an Irish pub, where Icelanders often meet, the two of us just chilling out around midnight. We were just talking to French, British and some Irish guys, and then one just comes and breaks a bottle in my face, without talking to us or anything. He just asked if we were Icelandic, and we said yes, and then just bang!” Arnór was told the attacker is an English boxer.

After the attack, Arnór was transported to hospital by ambulance, but his nose was partly torn. He underwent an operation and was back at his hotel by 9 am.

He is convinced the attack was a direct result of the game on Monday, when the Icelandic men’s national football team beat England 2-1. His wife is scheduled to arrive in Paris today, and Arnór is determined not to let the attack interfere with his original plan to attend Sunday’s game. “Since my eyes escaped, fortunately, then I can watch the game. That’s the good news, in fact, that the eyes escaped. It could have been much worse.”

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