England fans have been blasted on social media after a shocking video emerged of a group flinging coins towards local children in Lille.
Spanish newspaper Marca run the headline ‘English hooligans humiliate gypsy children’ and describe the footage as “deplorable”.
“On Wednesday, loutish, drunken England supporters were seen taunting gypsy children begging in the street,” Marca write. “These so-called 'fans' decided to fling coins at the kids, much to their own amusement and laughter.” (Scroll down this page to see the video for yourself).
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The video appears to show a group of England fans chanting outside a pub, where a few local kids have congregated in the hope of picking up some loose change.
One England fan, wearing a Rooney shirt, is seen walking up to them before playfully throwing a couple of fake punches while another is seen lobbing coins for them to fetch.
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Video: England fans fling coins at children
Reaction on Twitter
Needless to say, the reaction on social media has been similar to that of Marca’s stance.
Take a look at these tweets…
Unfortunately, that’s not the end of it.
Michael Stothard, a Financial Correspondent for the Financial Times, posted a photo of a young French boy on Twitter last night alongside the text: “England fans in Lille just got begging 7 year old to down a whole beer in exchange for some coins.”
England fans haven't covered themselves in glory
English football fans haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory at Euro 2016.
A large group were involved in violence with Russian supporters, the French police and Marseille ‘ultras’ over the weekend - resulting in six England fans receiving prison sentences.
There were also disturbances in Lille on Wednesday ahead of England’s second Euro 2016 group match against Wales on Thursday.
UEFA have wanted England that they could be thrown out of the tournament if there is any further trouble over the coming weeks, prompting both Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney to urge supporters to be on their best behaviour.
“As the England manager I am obviously now very concerned about the threat that is hanging over us and the sanction that could possibly be imposed upon the England team,” Hodgson said in a video published by the Football Association. “We worked very hard to get here and we want to stay in the competition.
“I’m appealing therefore to all of our fans, and we appreciated your support at the matches of course, but I’m appealing to you to stay out of trouble to try and make certain these threats that are being issued are never carried out and we will be able to do the best we can to stay in the competition.”
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