Supporters should show consideration and let French police concentrate on terror menace, says Martin Glenn

English football authorities have renewed their appeals for fans to behave responsibly after Thursdays Euro 2016 match against Wales, in the wake of chaotic scenes in Lille during which dozens of people were arrested and 16 were taken to hospital.

Police said they had arrested 37 people on Wednesday around the northern French city, where thousands of England and Wales supporters are based before the game in the smaller city of Lens, about 25 miles away. The apprehends followed occasional skirmishes involving a small number of fans and some police, during which policemen employed teargas to scatter the crowds.

The centre of Lille was again blanketed with CRS riot squads on Thursday morning, as large numbers of fans attained their route to the train station to head to Lens or drink in bars before watching the game, which kicks off at 3pm local time( 2pm BST ), on television.

Martin Glenn, the chief executive of the Football Association, said he was awaiting a report into the disturbances, but said it is a fact that the ambiance seemed to change overnight in Lille.

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A fan sits on a road sign in Lille on Wednesday. Photo: Alexander Demianchuk/ TASS

He appealed to England fans not to generate further problems for the French authorities, who were also concentrating on terrorist incidents such as the murder on Monday of a French policeman and his partner who were stabbed to death in front of their infant son near Paris.

I guess the message to all English fans, Welsh fans too,[ is] the French are trying to deal with a real security menace, Glenn told BBC Radio 4s Today programme. Behave responsibly, come and enjoy the game but simply have a think about the wider stance. Present some consideration and respect.

Uefa, which has threatened to eject Russia and England from the tournament if their fans continue to misbehave, released only a brief statement in which is said it regretted the skirmishes which occurred in Lille last night. It added: Police forces attained several apprehends and were quick to restore order and keep the situation under control.

In Lens, where there was heavy rain alongside a heavy police presence on Thursday morning, all was pacified as fans began to arrive for the match. The head of the regional administration for Lens said earlier this week that there would be more than 1,200 police officers on duty, with an extra 1,200 private security officials mobilised on the day.

Fabienne Buccio said that they would aim to keep the two defines of fans apart, but England and Wales supporters have generally mixed well in Lille and serious problems are not expected between the two defines of fans in Lens.

Uefa has indicated that there is no prospect of immediate sanctions against England following the skirmishes in Lille, which ended with police charging a small group of fans and deploying teargas in an attempt to clear the city centre around midnight.

Michel Lalande, the regional prefect, said in a statement that of 37 apprehends, mainly for public drunkenness, 15 involved people being taken into custody. Only three apprehends took place in Lille on Wednesday evening, he told. Police employed teargas twice during the day, at 6.20 pm and 11 pm, releasing 10 canisters in all.

Lalande praised the professionalism and calmness of French policemen and thanked British liaison officers for their interventions.

The trouble in Lille on Wednesday was generally isolated, if occasionally chaotic, involving around got a couple of hundred predominantly English fans, many of whom had been drinking heavily for much of the day.

It began in the early afternoon when a large group of supporters, mainly young men, moved from outside a bar next to Lilles station to one on a side street, where they kept up a repertoire of initially good-natured anthems and chants.

As Russian advocates began to arrive in the area following their squads 2-1 defeat to Slovakia, however, more of the chants became directed at them, a legacy of clashes between England and Russia fans after their game in Marseille on Saturday, and allegations that organised groups of Russian troublemakers targeted some English.

Amid chants of Fuck off Russia !, with pointed thumbs at Russian advocates, a melee began after a firework was set off, when it is a fact that a small group of Russian fans charged. This inspired a period of chaos, with fans and police chasing one another around the small back streets of Lilles old town, and teargas was used.

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