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England fan injured as troubles flares in Marseille ahead of Euro 2016 game

Published 10/06/2016

Police patrols on a street following scuffles in Marseille (AP)
Police patrols on a street following scuffles in Marseille (AP)
A man walks toward teargas fired by police, following scuffles in Marseille (AP)

French police used tear gas to disperse England football fans after an apparent clash with locals in Marseille ahead of the first game in Euro 2016.

One England supporter suffered a head injury in the brawl after being hit across the face with a wooden chair.

Gendarmes clad in riot gear and accompanied by dogs were deployed on the streets of the southern city after trouble flared shortly before midnight on Thursday.

Supporters have travelled to Marseille ahead of England's game with Russia on Saturday.

It is understood that a confrontation took place between locals and fans who had set up camp outside an English pub in the Old Port district.

Ambulances were seen arriving after police carrying riot shields moved in to separate the two groups and tear gas was used to clear the area.

Footage of the incident showed men hurling chairs, a brutal fist fight outside a McDonald's and chanting England fans surrounded by police officers with dogs.

A clip posted on Twitter apparently showed the aftermath of the disorder as shop workers swept a street strewn with broken glass.

According to reports some England fans were heard chanting: "Isis, where are you?"

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