England Euro 2016 fans clash with police in Marseille

England fans also clashed with a group of young Frenchmen, with one Englishman needing hospital treatment for a minor injury


Police stand guard as England fans gather and chant slogans in the port area of Marseille ahead of the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament in France. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP
Police stand guard as England fans gather and chant slogans in the port area of Marseille ahead of the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament in France. Photo: Leon Neal/AFP

Marseille: Around 250 England supporters pelted police with drink cans outside a bar in the southern French city of Marseille late on Thursday ahead of the country’s opening Euro 2016 match, a police source said.

A 24-year-old Englishman was arrested and spent the night in custody after the trouble in the Vieux-Port area of the Mediterranean city.

Police used tear gas to disperse the England fans.

England fans also clashed with a group of young Frenchmen, with one Englishman needing hospital treatment for a minor injury.

A 30-year-old Frenchman was also arrested after stealing an England football shirt.

England face Russia in Marseille on Saturday in their opening match of the European Championships, which kick off in Paris on Friday when France play Romania.

French and British authorities are determined to avoid a repeat of the scenes in Marseille during the 1998 World Cup when English hooligans clashed with Tunisia supporters.

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