Violence at Euro 2016 continued earlier this afternoon when a group of Russian ultras launched an attack on English and Welsh fans in Lille.
This comes mere hours after UEFA handed Russia a suspended disqualification from the tournament if their fans’ behaviour continued in any of their remaining games.
Witnesses said that ‘hyper violent’ Russian thugs provoked English and Welsh supporters at a bar near Lille’s central train station, during which chairs and bottles were thrown.
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Footage has since emerged of the incident, where police can be seen calming both sets of supporters while English and Welsh fans chant: “We’re England and Wales, f**k off Russia, we’re England and Wales”.
See below for the video.
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One Russian ultra is shown wearing a t-shirt that says ‘Tour de France’ and ‘f**k Euro 2016’, alongside a map of France.
This isn’t the first time the two sets of fans have collided, of course, after Russian supporters charged at and brutally attacked their English counterparts following Saturday night’s clash.
Women and young children were said to have been involved in the horrific encounter.
Both countries were warned they would be disqualified from Euro 2016 if such violence continued yet Russia’s Minister of Sport, Vitaly Mutko, claimed “there was no clash” at the Stade Velodrome.
He said: “There was no clash… That’s being exaggerated.
“In fact, everything is fine here. When the match ended there was no barrier between fans.
“The British were upset, of course, but it all quickly dissolved.”
More to follow...