England fans arrested after brawl in Marseille

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It has been a shocking start for England football fans ahead of Euro 2016. 

Indeed, two English fans have been arrested after police used tear gas to stop a brawl in Marseille. 

With the Three Lions set to take on Russia in their opening game in the European Championships, English supporters have been slowly but surely been arriving in France. 


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And, unfortunately, they have already had their problems. As reported by the BBC, police said that one fan was arrested for assaulting an officer, while the other was arrested for violent disorder. 

As you can see in the video below, there were ugly scenes involving English football fans and police officers. In fact, police, who were in riot gear, had to use tear gas to stop the brawl escalating further. 

England brawl 

It appears that England fans clashed with locals outside the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district. One England supporter suffered a head injury after being struck with a wooden chair. 

Small minority 

Despite the early issues involving England fans, Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, who is the British policeman in charge of England fan security in Marseille, has insisted that order was quickly restored. 

He told BBC radio 5 Live: "About midnight last night there was confrontation between a group of local youths and some England supporters.

"Local police moved in very quickly and utilised some tear gas to disperse the local youths and close the pub.

"The use of tear gas seems quite dramatic to us from England and the United Kingdom because we are not used to seeing it - but in mainland Europe it is a regular tactic and they restored order fairly quickly.

"We need to keep it in context - there are thousands of England supporters who will come here and have a fantastic time.

"There is a small minority who drink too much and get involved in some anti-social behaviour."

England vs Russia 

Let's just hope attentions quickly turn to the football over the coming days. Roy Hodgson and co. will be desperate to start the tournament with a victory as they prepare to take on Russia. 

It certainly won't be an easy fixture for the Three Lions, who face rivals Wales in their second outing in France. England may not be expected to win the tournament, but they will expect to secure their place in the knockout stages of the tournament. A victory over Russia should stand them in good stead. 

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