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Police charge England fans in Lille after tense stand-off

Published 15/06/2016

French Police aim their flash-ball guns to disperse English fans in downtown Lille, northern France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, one day ahead of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match against Wales in nearby Lens. Russia were playing Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille on Wednesday which raised the possibility of violence after clashes between supporters from the two countries at their previous match in Marseille last weekend. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
French Police aim their flash-ball guns to disperse English fans in downtown Lille, northern France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, one day ahead of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match against Wales in nearby Lens. Russia were playing Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve dAscq, near Lille on Wednesday which raised the possibility of violence after clashes between supporters from the two countries at their previous match in Marseille last weekend. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
An England fan climbs a signpost in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A busker with England fans outside the train station in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Riot police in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
UK police officers take a leading role monitoring England fans in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Riot police in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Police in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Riot police in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
England fans climbs a signpost in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
A busker with England fans outside the train station in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Riot police monitor England fans outside the train station in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
England fans outside the train station in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2016. Video posted online showed Russian hooligans approaching a group of English and Welsh fans as they drank together. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Riot police in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Riot police monitor England fans in Lille city centre, France, as fresh clashes have taken place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Police have charged at England fans in Lille as flares and bangers were lit in the French city.

Ahead of a baton charge supporters were heard to chant and red flares were let off amid a stand-off with officers.

Fans from England, Wales, Slovakia and Russia have been gathering in the city for Group B matches between the countries.

Earlier police used teargas on crowds following scuffles in the city centre.

In the latest disturbances police charged multiple times and were seen hitting people with batons.

An England fan who charged at officers was pepper sprayed.

Despite the bars being shut and a ban on drinking in the street many supporters have been consuming alcohol outside.

Some were seen climbing road signs and while English police - sent out to help with the security operation - have been urging fans to behave, the French police decided to charge in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

The trouble followed a n earlier skirmish after a small group of Russians threw a flare at large group of England fans who then charged them.

The Russians left the scene and the remaining British fans were tear gassed.

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