Euro 2016 violence: Dozens arrested and 16 taken to hospital after England fans clash with French police

Baku, June 16, AZERTAC

At least 36 people were arrested and 16 taken to hospital as violence erupted between football supporters in the streets of Lille, according to The Telegraph.

The violence comes as England prepares to take on Wales on Thursday afternoon in Euro 16.

Flares and bangers were lit as police officers charged at chanting fans, spraying tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds.

Officers used pepper spray against an England fan who ran towards them, as fights appeared to break out among Three Lions supporters.

Despite bars being shut many supporters defied a ban on drinking in the street.

Some were seen climbing road signs and while English police - sent out to help with the security operation - urged fans to behave, French police charged at them repeatedly.

Earlier on Wednesday evening a small group of people wearing Russian Ultra T-shirts threw a flare at a large group of England fans who then surged towards them.

The Russians left the scene and the remaining British fans were tear-gassed, prompting them to hold their shirts over their mouths as they left the scene rubbing their eyes and spitting.

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