16 injured, 36 arrested in Euro 2016 violence
LILLE, France, June 16 : At least 16 people have been injured and 36 people arrested in the town of Lille as clashes continue between English and Russian football fans and French police at the Euro 2016 tournament.
Riot police threw tear gas and charged hundreds of English fans who reportedly caused most of the distubances. English and Russian fans scuffled earlier in the day and several were arrested.
Russian and English fans also fought around the opening match in marseilles over the weekend.
Fans of the England and Wales teams had arrived in the town for Thursday’s game between the two teams. Violence also broke out near the city’s main train station following Russia’s match with Slovakia.
Uefa’s executive board has warned both England and Russia that they could be disqualified if violence like what occurred in Marseilles is repeated.
England’s manager, Roy Hodgson, and team captain Wayne Rooney made an appeals for calm this week, and the FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, asked fans in a letter not to give in to violence.
“We recognise that some of you were subjected to acts of violence from rival supporters in the stadium last weekend. It is something we take very seriously and while tens of thousands of you acted impeccably, there was a minority that did not,” Glenn wrote.
“Like the England team, you represent the badge and I urge you to act in a positive and respectful way.”