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

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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