PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):
It’s beer for breakfast for England’s seemingly indefatigable fans, who are downing pints in the rain in Lille before the team’s match against Wales in nearby Lens later Thursday.
A boisterous crowd a couple of hundred people have picked up where they left off, singing “England ’til I die” and other songs at the “The 3 Brewers” pub opposite the Flanders train station.
But unlike the previous night, when French riot police charged groups of fans and sprayed tear gas, the mood is good-humored.
Long lines have formed in the station of fans waiting to board trains to the match.
UEFA says England’s participation in the European Championship is under no immediate threat despite a fresh outbreak of fan violence.
UEFA said after disorder in Marseille last week that England — along with Russia — faced potential disqualification if there was more violence away from stadiums.
In Lille on Wednesday, French police used tear gas to disperse rampaging England fans. It was the fourth time England fans have been involved in violent incidents since the start of the tournament.
UEFA says it “regrets the skirmishes which occurred in Lille last night. Police forces made several arrests and were quick to restore order and keep the situation under control.”
But there are no plans for an emergency meeting of UEFA’s executive committee to discuss any further warning or sanctions.
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