Stan Collymore caught up in England fan trouble in Lille

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Stan Collymore has become something a war correspondent during Euro 2016, frequently finding himself in the very centre of clashes between fans.

He's putting himself right in the path of danger to make sure we know exactly what is going on and for that, we can only admire him.

And, on Wednesday evening, as the last of England fans arrived in Lille ahead of the crunch clash against Wales, tensions between fans and police spilled over.


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Riot police fired teargas to try to disperse large groups of England fans while at least one Russian fan was detained after appearing to throw a bottle.

The violent scenes started to unfold in the aftermath of Russia's 2-1 defeat against Slovakia, which took place in the local Métropole stadium. England are playing in Lens, which lies just a half hour's drive away.

So far, 16 arrests, including six Russians, have been reported by local police but that number is likely to rise as the trouble continues into the night.

Here we have footage of Collymore's Periscope report:

Then he helps police arrest a Russian fan

And here is a report from Sky Sports


It appears that this apparent standoff was actually an attempt by police to keep England fans separate from Russians, who stood on the other side of the squad. While fan violence has marred much of the tournament, it appears fans from England and Wales have largely gotten along well.

UEFA watching

Although UEFA do not usually dish out punishments for fan violence away from the stadiums, UEFA have warned the Football Association that continued disruption could see Roy Hodgson's men thrown out of the tournament.

But questions must also be asked of organisers, who placed England and Russia in the same city in both the first and second matches of Group B. Also, they placed England and Russia in Marseille, a city where local football gangs rule the streets.

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