Police in Lille use teargas on fans following scuffles

French policemen fire tear gas to disperse supporters gathering outside a bar in Lille.  Picture: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

French policemen fire tear gas to disperse supporters gathering outside a bar in Lille. Picture: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

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Police in Lille used tear gas on fans last night following renewed scuffles in the city centre at the Euro 2016 tournament.

Supporters were seen running through the streets before officers attempted to disperse them by firing the gas into the crowds.

Russia supporters celebrate after Denis Glushakov's goal in the 2-1 defeat by Slovakia. Picture: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Russia supporters celebrate after Denis Glushakov's goal in the 2-1 defeat by Slovakia. Picture: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

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

A large group of fans were congregated at the Place des Reignaux when officers used the spray and let off a canister. A loud bang was also heard.

Supporters held their shirts over their mouths and left the scene rubbing their eyes and spitting.

Hoards of fans were seen walking through the streets following the incident chanting “England, England, England.”

In footage posted online by former-England footballer Stan Collymore, one man is seen smashing wing mirrors off cars parked on the street.

Collymore said: “Somebody threw a, not a grenade, something that went bang towards some England fans and the England fans have just run.” The bang caused the crowd to surge forward and they dispersed as police fired tear gas.

Around ten men wearing Russian Ultra T-shirts were seen walking away from the area. Mounted police quickly arrived as the England fans regrouped and began to chant again.

In his footage Collymore can be seen pointing to a man who has been pinned down in the road by police and saying: “You were throwing bottles. Yes.”

Away from the main square a group of England fans, who were comparatively quiet, were surrounded by police as they drank outside a cafe. Later, a large number of fans congregated outside one of the bars near the Lille Flandres station – with dozens of police officers carrying riot shields standing guard.

The crowd chanted God Save The Queen and England Til I Die, as well as singing “Where were you in Marseilles?” towards the assembled police.

Elsewhere a group of England fans were penned in by police when one of them lit a flare and began to wave it as they chanted.

One fan climbed a tall road sign as the crowd continued to chant surrounded by riot police, some with cameras on their helmets.

British police were also present videoing the crowd, that contained a couple of Welsh flags.

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