Dozens of fans arrested at Lille ahead of England-Wales match

uni1466092534{BNN/LILLE, France} – 36 people were reportedly arrested after clashes broke out in Lille between football fans and the French Police. Reports further added that Alexander Shprygin, leader of the All-Russia Supporters Union was being evicted from France after the Marseille violence.

Shprygin was reportedly being deported along with 20 other Russian fans that had been detained following the incident.

Reports added that three other Russian fans were jailed for up to two years and banned from entering France for two years.

Meanwhile, French police have said that 16 people had been taken to the hospital after clashes in Lille.

According to reports, arrests were made by the French Police throughout the day on June 15.

Riot police used tear gas on English football fans. Fans lit flares and bangers as police officers charged to disperse the crowd.

Reports indicate that French police charged at the crowd repeatedly while English police, who have been sent to Lille to help with security, told fans to behave.

UEFA has reportedly threatened to disqualify England from Euro 2016 if fans continue to be violent.

England is supposed to play Wales on Thursday at the nearby city of Lens.

Thousands of English and Wales fans have been staying at Lille, which is close to Lens, for the match. Russian and Slovakian have also been in Lille.

Reports have said that Russian fans on June 15 threw a flare at a large group of England fans, who then surged towards them.

The Russians reportedly left the scene and the English fans were tear-gassed.

A video was posted by former footballer Stan Collymore which showed a person in a green hat breaking wing mirrors of cars.

Collymore said, “Somebody threw a, not a grenade, something that went bang, towards some England fans and the England fans have just run.”

According to the Telegraph, fans congregated in front of a bar near Lille Flanders station and chanted God Save The Queen and England Til I Die. They also sang “Where were you in Marseille? while many police officers stood guard.

According to reports, this comes after clashes between the English, Russian and French football fans at Marseille over the weekend.

Meanwhile, reports added that Moscow summoned the French ambassador to express anger over the incident and reportedly said that the country would draw out a blacklist of troublemakers before the 2018 World Cup.

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