No trouble at England v Wales; 20 Russians deported from France

The England against Wales match at Euro 2016 passed off peacefully on Thursday with supporters in the stadium and fan zones behaving, in contrast to violence which has coloured the football tournament and put French police on edge.

"Everything is going well, it's very festive and amicable but we are vigilant and the police are patrolling through the town," regional chief Fabienne Buccio said after a late goal by Daniel Sturridge clinched a 2-1 win for England in the tiny city of Lens.

Buccio said British police were patrolling alongside French police to ensure the streets remained calm after the match. Approximately 2,400 security personnel - including police - had been deployed.

Between 40,000-50,000 British fans had been expected at the stadium and fan zones in Lens and neighbouring Lille, where trouble overnight led police to fire tear gas and detain 37 people.

UEFA said there were no plans to call an emergency executive committee meeting following incidents involving English fans in Lille, meaning England's place at the tournament is not under immediate threat.

A spokesman told dpa that the governing body "regrets" the skirmishes but said police were able to restore order quickly.

Police had been on alert for a possible replay of fan violence between England and Russia supporters that hit Marseille over the weekend.

Both Russia and England fans had converged in Lille, just 30 kilometres from Lens. Russia fans had witnessed their 2-1 defeat to Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday.

French officials have ordered 20 Russia supporters to leave the country as they pose a risk to public order, regional authorities in southern France said.

The fans, Russian men aged 25-40, were being held in Marseille with a deportation order for Monday.

The deportation order was linked to clashes over the weekend, when Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said 150 "highly trained" Russian hooligans were largely responsible for the violence that left 35 people injured.

Three Russians were also sentenced by a court in Marseille to between 12 and 24 months in prison for their involvement in the scuffles, AFP news agency reported.

The Marseille clashes broke out before and after Saturday's 1-1 draw between Russia and England. Governing body UEFA said Russia would be ejected from the tournament in case of any repeat inside a stadium and also warned England.

Russian officials have said that France is targeting their fans, while others have cheered on the actions of those in Marseille.

France's ambassador to Moscow was summoned Wednesday after 43 Russians were arrested in a bus bound for Lille.

The French Interior Ministry said 323 people have been detained since the start of the tournament, with 196 held in police custody, eight sentenced to terms in prison and three to suspended terms. It added that 24 people were ordered to leave France by local prefectures.

In Lyon on Wednesday, French police intervened in a knife fight that broke out in a fan zone between France and Albania supporters. One person from France and one from Belgium were injured in the brawl.

Last update: Thu, 16/06/2016 - 19:08

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