French police officers stand in the Old Town area of Marseille following clashes with England fans.

England fans clash with police in Marseille for second day

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England football fans clashed with police as violence returned for a second night in the French port town of Marseille.

Tear gas was deployed by officers trying to disperse the troublemakers but the ugly skirmishes continued as darkness fell.

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In scenes reminiscent of the dark days of hooliganism, bare-chested England fans threw beer bottles at police dressed in full riot gear.

Fist fights broke out between English and French speaking men, and one man was thrown into the harbour after he was beaten to the ground.

Police with helmets, batons and shields stood shoulder to shoulder along the cobbled street facing a line of England fans, some of whom threw bottles.

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A fan wearing a red England shirt was handcuffed and arrested.

The violence first broke out at around 6.20pm French time outside the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district where England fans had been drinking for most of the day.

Fans sang songs about the IRA, German bombers being shot down and the national anthem.

Supporters are in Marseille ahead of England's Euro 2016 game with Russia on Saturday.

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Gareth Bale
Euro 2016

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