Euro 2016: Alcohol Restrictions and 4,000 Extra Police in Lille

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French police outside a bar in Lille, June 14. Extra police have been drafted into Lille ahead of England and Russia matches. PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty

Restrictions on the sale of alcohol have been imposed in Lille by French authorities as 4,000 extra police are drafted into the city ahead of England and Russia's next matches at Euro 2016.

After the violent scenes that took place on the streets of Marseilles and in the Stade Velodrome when England played Russia on Saturday, France has acted to prevent further trouble.

A ban on the sale of alcohol from shops has been imposed in Lille and bars will shut early on Wednesday and Thursday, as Russia and England plays its second game of Euro 2016.

Concern was expressed by the English Football Association as the paths of Russian and English fans were likely to cross with Russia playing in Lille on Wednesday and England in nearby Lens the following day.

Some trouble between fans broke out in the city center on Tuesday night with a chair and a few punches being thrown.

Earlier in the day, UEFA had given Russia a suspended disqualification following the violent scenes at the game against England in Marseille on Saturday. A €150,000 (£118,000) fine was also imposed.

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