At least 36 people have been arrested after trouble flared again at Euro 2016 on Wednesday following brawling between England and Russia fans in Lille city centre, in echoes of the violence that marred their opening weekend match in Marseille.
Hundreds of French riot police later charged at groups of England fans who continued to congregate after the early clashes as bottles were hurled. The trouble continued late into the night as police used teargas to attempt to disperse English, Welsh and French fans from the city’s main square outside the station.
A total of 16 people were hospitalised throughout the day, according to French authorities, amid chaotic scenes in the northern French city.
The fears of French authorities, who drafted in extra police and emergency services to swell their numbers to 4,000, were realised when skirmishes began near the city’s main train station following Russia’s match with Slovakia.
Uefa’s executive board has warned both England and Russia that they could be thrown out of the tournament if there are repeats of the violence in Marseille, where a small group of England fans clashed with police and locals before 150 highly organised Russians caused several serious injuries and left one fan in a critical condition.
Source: The Guardian