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Fan chaos in Poznan

RIOT police were forced to protect Irish fans last night as gangs of hooligans attempted to mar their night in Poznan.

Terrified supporters fled the city's main square in the early hours amid fears that a repeat of the weekend's mini-riots could happen.

Around 100 armed police carrying tear gas and batons cordoned off several pubs where fans were drowning their sorrows after the 3-1 defeat to Croatia.

Just metres away, up to 50 skinheads dressed in black hoodies and armed with broken glass bottles appeared determined to start trouble.

Eye-witness Aidan Connell told the Herald: "All of a sudden there were flares going off and people were throwing stuff.

"It started getting really, really rough. We were scared what would happen next."