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Euro 2016: Baton charges and teargas deployed during tense clashes between England fans and French police in Lille

Published 15/06/2016

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. 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 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. 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
An England fan helps another up after he was knocked to the ground by French police officers 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 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. 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
An England fan helps another up after he was knocked to the ground by French police officers 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
An England fan helps another up after he was knocked to the ground by French police officers 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
Football fans of differing nationalities and innocent bystanders try to escape tear gas fired by French 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
Football fans of differing nationalities and innocent bystanders try to escape tear gas fired by French 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
Football fans of differing nationalities and innocent bystanders try to escape tear gas fired by French 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 chant 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 chant 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
Football fans of differing nationalities and innocent bystanders try to escape tear gas fired by French 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
EDS NOTE NUDITY - A naked fan climbs on a signpost as they gather outside a bar in Lille, France Wednesday, June 15, 2016 one day ahead of their Euro 2016 Group B soccer match against Wales in nearby Lens. Russia were playing Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, 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)
A police water cannon arrives 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 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.

As tensions continued to rise, a stand off developed with the fans and a line of police, with a bottle being thrown. But police officers from England and Wales moved into the crowd and were able to ease the crowd back 50 yards.

Euro 2016: Footage of clashes between English and Russian supporters emerges online  

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 an 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.

England and Russia could be ejected from Euro 2016 if fan violence continues  

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