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.
‘Suddenly a French gang appeared and started attacking us, and throwing stuff. We had to defend ourselves, and then the police showed up.’
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.