Tear gas for English Euros fans

Tear gas for English Euros fans

An England soccer fan was arrested following trouble in Marseille ahead of Euro 2016.

The fighting took place around midnight Thursday outside a pub in the Old Port district when a group of fans clashed with some locals.

French police released tear gas to tackle the violence and said the incident was dealt with quickly. They restored calm to the area in question at about 2.30am local time and confirmed that there had been no damage to local property.

According to French newspaper France Bleu, many of the fans had been drunk, and four French policemen had been lightly injured.

Footage of the incident showed men hurling chairs, a fight breaking out by a fast-food restaurant and chanting England fans surrounded by police officers with dogs.

Ambulances were seen arriving after police carrying riot shields moved in to separate the crowd, while tear gas was used to clear the area.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, a British policeman in Marseille, said it was important to put the incident into context.

“There are thousands of England supporters who will come here and have a fantastic time,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“There is a small minority who drink too much and get involved in some anti-social behaviour.”

England play Russia in their opening Euro 2016 fixture in Marseille on June 11.

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