Police use tear gas to disperse English soccer fans


LILLE, France (AP) — Police have used tear gas to disperse English soccer fans at the European Championship.

After a match between Russia and Slovakia ended in Lille, police chased large groups of English fans through the back streets around the city’s main railway station.

A group of about 200 English fans had been getting progressively rowdier and noisier, singing songs taunting Russia, when a loud explosion was heard and some bottles were thrown. England plays in the nearby city of Lens on Thursday and thousands of their supporters have gathered in Lille.

Police appeared to make at least one arrest, pinning a man against the ground. Police then charged, spraying tear gas in front of them as they ran.

Some bystanders took refuge in a nearby pharmacy.