Saturday 1 October 2016

Riot officers use tear gas on fans

Tom Morgan

Published 16/06/2016 | 02:30

Riot police use tear gas on English fans at Lille train station. AP
Riot police use tear gas on English fans at Lille train station. AP

Armed police moved in with stun grenades and tear gas last night as hundreds of drunk English and Welsh teamed up in running brawls on the back streets of Lille.

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Trouble flared again at Euro 2016 after a Russian fan was chased through the city to shouts of "F*** off Russia, we're England and Wales."

Riot police take up position in Lille. REUTERS/Gnzalo Fuentes
Riot police take up position in Lille. REUTERS/Gnzalo Fuentes

Lille authorities, who drafted in extra police and emergency services to swell their numbers to 4,000, eventually swarmed the group using kettle tactics.

Three supporters emerged from side-streets with bloodied faces after apparent clashes with Russian fans, whose team had played Slovakia in the city earlier. French authorities said 17 people were injured, with six taken to hospital. A small group of England fans in their late teens said that Russian fans had started the trouble by charging at a larger knot of around 200 England fans drinking outside the Le Prize pub, beside the main square.

Thousands of England fans had spent the day drinking outside bars near Lille's train station. A massive security operation was launched as an estimated 40,000 English and Welsh arrived in Lille along with 15,000 Russians.

French Police confront hooligans in Marseille
French Police confront hooligans in Marseille
England fans lit by a burning flare in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. Niall Carson/PA Wire
England fans lit by a burning flare in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. Niall Carson/PA Wire
England fans run from tear gas in Lille. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
England fans run from tear gas in Lille. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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