England fans clash with French locals ahead of Euro 2016 opener against Russia

England fans clash with French locals ahead of Euro 2016 opener against Russia  
French police were reportedly forced to use tear gas on England fans after they clashed with locals in Marseille last night.

Local young people are believed to have confronted England supporters gathered outside the Queen Victoria pub and O’Malley’s Irish bar next door ahead of England’s opening group game against Russia on Saturday.

Riot police reportedly used batons and tear gas to break up the fighting.
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: An England fan finishes his drink in a bar ahead of the England v Russia game, which will take place on Saturday, on June 9, 2016 in Marseille, France. Football fans from around Europe have descended on France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) 
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: England fans chant as they drink in a bar ahead of the England v Russia game, which will take place on Saturday, on June 9, 2016 in Marseille, France. Football fans from around Europe have descended on France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

‘None of the England fans were doing anything wrong – a few of us had a bit much to drink, but that was all,’ a fan named Simon told MailOnline.

‘Suddenly a French gang appeared and started attacking us, and throwing stuff. We had to defend ourselves, and then the police showed up.’
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: England fans chant as they drink in a bar ahead of the England v Russia game, which will take place on Saturday, on June 9, 2016 in Marseille, France. Football fans from around Europe have descended on France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) 
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: England fans cheer as they drink in a bar ahead of the England v Russia game on Saturday, on June 9, 2016 in Marseille, France. Football fans from around Europe have descended on France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) 
At least one England fan was pictured lying in a pool of blood.

Chris Lord, another England fan, told MailOnline it was a ‘nasty attack… the gang knew exactly where we were.’

Euro 2016 kicks off tonight when France take on Romania.


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