Incidents in Lille between German & Ukrainian fans

Another EURO 2016 match, another report of violent clashes between various individuals, this time in Lille between German and Ukrainian fans ahead of this evening’s match.

Light incidents have involved in two individuals picking up minor injuries during clashes that took place towards the end of the afternoon near the Grand Place de Lille.

The incidents took place at about 17:30 CET and last just for a few minutes, with around thirty fans throwing glass bottles at each other, as well as punching and kicking each other, according to an AFP photographer.

There were no arrests made as combination of French CRS police and German police drafted in to help their colleagues quickly arrived on the scene and the situation calmed down emphatically.

150 hooligans known to the German authorities are understood to currently be in Lille. 18 hooligans from Dresden were arrested near the Luxembourg border earlier today as they attempted to enter into France, according to L’Équipe.

This incident is so far being described as an isolated one and there have been no problems at all in and around the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

German media outlet Sport 1 suggests that it was 40 hooligans claiming to be supporting the World Cup winners that attacked Ukrainians, which caused the violence.

Tonight’s game kicks-off at 21:00 CET.


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