At least 36 people were arrested and 16 taken to hospital after French police clashed with England fans in the northern city of Lille, the regional police force said in a statement. French riot police charged groups of rowdy, chanting English fans and used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse them on Wednesday night on the eve of England's Euro 2016 game against Wales. Authorities had flooded the city's streets with police earlier in the day and imposed strict alcohol bans to try to avoid a repeat of the violence that marred the England-Russia match in Marseille on Saturday. While they appeared to have kept the two sets of fans apart, tension mounted in the early evening with police repeatedly using pepper spray, tear gas and acoustic grenades to suppress fans near the central train station. Just after midnight English fans suddenly began chasing away locals celebrating France's victory over Albania. Police moved swiftly to drive them away from the area in front of the station and one group was again pepper-sprayed in a doorway. Police dog handlers joined up with officers clad in riot gear to chase the England fans further up the street.
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