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Police use tear gas to disperse unruly English fans at Euro 2016

Click to play video: 'French police clash with English football fans ahead of match with Wales' French police clash with English football fans ahead of match with Wales
WATCH ABOVE: French police fired tear gas and pepper spray at England supporters as scuffles erupted on Wednesday afternoon – Jun 15, 2016

LILLE, France – Police have used tear gas to disperse English soccer fans at the European Championship.

After a match between Russia and Slovakia ended in Lille, police chased large groups of English fans through the back streets around the city’s main railway station.

A group of about 200 English fans had been getting progressively rowdier and noisier, singing songs taunting Russia, when a loud explosion was heard and some bottles were thrown. England plays in the nearby city of Lens on Thursday and thousands of their supporters have gathered in Lille.

READ MORE: Russia will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if fans riot again

Police appeared to make at least one arrest, pinning a man against the ground. Police then charged, spraying tear gas in front of them as they ran.

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Some bystanders took refuge in a nearby pharmacy.

WATCH: Police used tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades to disperse England supporters, who gathered in the capital of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region ahead of Thursday’s England v Wales match

Click to play video: 'French police use tear gas to disperse rowdy English soccer fans' French police use tear gas to disperse rowdy English soccer fans
French police use tear gas to disperse rowdy English soccer fans – Jun 16, 2016

 

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