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is time though, rowdy English fans, mostly to blame. Riot police using tear gas, pepper spray, and acoustic grenades to disperse crowds late on Wednesday. That despite limited alcohol sales and 4,000 police officers on the ground, 36 people arrested throughout the day and 16 treated in hospital.
There had been fears of violence between Russian and English fans after they clashed in Marseille on Saturday. Violence on the pitch prompting a suspended qualification for the Russians and spilling into global politics with Moscow summoning the French ambassador over police detentions. This may have encouraged the Russian supporters to keep a low profile on Wednesday.
glish fans though, ignoring pleas from both captain and manager to behave, chanting defiantly outside bars in groups of up to 200. Reuters' Alastair MacDonald was there.>> UEFA have put out a statement this morning saying that they are concerned by the violence. England like Russia were warned that a repeat of the trouble in Marseille could lead to sanctions including possible disqualification.
England play Wales in Lens on Thursday afternoon. Essentially, England need to win to or at least to get a point from that game, if they lose they are at great risk of going out. There will be a lot of focus tonight when the England fans come back from Lens or are in Lens as to how they behave, and how the French police behave.
>> The Football Association will be hoping any added tension in the build-up to Thursday's match against Wales won't spill over.