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England fans have clashed with police for a second day in the French port town of Marseille. 

England supporters try and evade tear gas in Marseille. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
Supporters who had been drinking for most of the day at the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district threw bottles at French riot police, who used tear gas to disperse them.

The officers, who wore full riot gear, were seen marching towards hundreds of England fans who ran away down the street.

The clashes came after a night of violence in the city in southern France and just hours before the first game between the hosts and Romania in Paris. 

One England supporter suffered a head injury in Thursday night’s brawl after being hit across the face with a wooden chair, and according to reports, some England fans were heard chanting: “Isis, where are you?”

Bare-chested England fans dodged the gas deployed by police as an afternoon of drinking and singing turned ugly.

Police with helmets, batons and shields grappled troublemakers to the ground amid beer bottles and rubbish strewn across the cobbled streets.

The supporters are in Marseille ahead of England’s game with Russia on Saturday. England football fans in violent clashes in Marseille

Friday night’s clashes followed the outbreak of violence on Thursday night when at least one England fan was arrested with another is being treated in hospital after French police used teargas and batons to break up a fight with 70 locals in the city.

One supporter sustained a head injury in the brawl after being hit across the face with a wooden chair.

The fight broke out after 70 locals confronted England fans outside the Queen Victoria, according to the National Police Chiefs Council, which has been working with the French authorities to police English fans.

French police in riot gear and accompanied by dogs fired teargas and used batons to break up the brawl. Police said one of the fans was arrested for assaulting a barman and another for violent disorder. The NPCC, however, said only one England fan had been arrested.

The Football Association said in a statement on Thursday: “We are really disappointed by the scenes of disorder in Marseille yesterday evening and condemn such behaviour. It is in the hands of the authorities to identify those involved and deal with them appropriately.

“The FA urges supporters who are travelling to Marseille to act in a respectful manner and enjoy the match against Russia.”
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