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Euro 2016: Two England fans arrested after Marseille clash

Two English football fans have been arrested after police used tear gas to disperse a brawl in Marseille ahead of the first Euro 2016 games.

Police said one of the fans was arrested for assaulting a barman and the other for violent disorder.

One England supporter suffered a head injury after being hit across the face with a wooden chair.

Police in riot gear were on the streets after the incident outside a pub shortly before midnight on Thursday.

The clash with locals took place outside the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district.

'Small minority'

Ch Supt Steve Neill, who is a British policeman in charge of England fan security in Marseille, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "About midnight last night there was confrontation between a group of local youths and some England supporters.

"Local police moved in very quickly and utilised some tear gas to disperse the local youths and close the pub.

"The use of tear gas seems quite dramatic to us from England and the United Kingdom because we are not used to seeing it - but in mainland Europe it is a regular tactic and they restored order fairly quickly."

Footage of the incident showed men hurling chairs, a fist fight outside a McDonald's and chanting England fans surrounded by police officers with dogs.

Ambulances were seen arriving after police carrying riot shields moved in to separate the crowd and tear gas was used to clear the area.

"We need to keep it in context - there are thousands of England supporters who will come here and have a fantastic time," Ch Supt Steve Neill said.

"There is a small minority who drink too much and get involved in some anti-social behaviour."

Supporters have travelled to Marseille ahead of England's game with Russia on Saturday.

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