Man assaulted and thrown into harbour as violent clashes continue in Marseille

England football fans clashed with police as violence returned for a second night in the French port town of Marseille.

Tear gas was deployed by officers trying to disperse the troublemakers but the ugly skirmishes continued as darkness fell.

In scenes reminiscent of the dark days of hooliganism, bare-chested England fans threw beer bottles at police dressed in full riot gear.

A woman watches as football fans (nationality unknown) set upon a man wearing an orange top, prior to throwing him in the habour, where he managed to swim to shore, in the old town area of Marseille ahead of the first game in Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
A woman watches as football fans (nationality unknown) set upon a man wearing an orange top, prior to throwing him in the habour, where he managed to swim to shore, in the old town area of Marseille ahead of the first game in Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Fist fights broke out between English and French speaking men, and one man was thrown into the harbour after he was beaten to the ground.

The man who was set upon by others, swims to shore after they threw him in to the harbour. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
The man who was set upon by others, swims to shore after they threw him in to the harbour. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

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Police with helmets, batons and shields stood shoulder to shoulder along the cobbled street facing a line of England fans, some of whom threw bottles.

A fan wearing a red England shirt was handcuffed and arrested.

The violence first broke out at around 6.20pm French time outside the Queen Victoria pub in the Old Port district where England fans had been drinking for most of the day.

Fans sang songs about the IRA, German bombers being shot down and the national anthem.

Supporters are in Marseille ahead of England's Euro 2016 game with Russia on Saturday.

The start of the tournament, officially marked by the curtain-raiser between the hosts and Romania in Paris on Friday evening, has instead been overshadowed by images of brawls between rival supporters, violence and confrontations with local police.

French police fire tear gas as they clash with English football fans at The Queen Victoria pub in Marseille ahead of the first game in Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
French police fire tear gas as they clash with English football fans at The Queen Victoria pub in Marseille ahead of the first game in Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The latest clashes came after a night of violence in the southern French city.

One England supporter suffered a head injury in Thursday night's brawl after being hit across the face with a wooden chair, and according to reports, some England fans were heard chanting: "Isis, where are you?"

As the disorder lurched into another day, bare-chested England fans could be seen dodging the gas deployed by police as an afternoon of drinking and singing turned into an ugly stand-off with police.

English football fans taunt French fans in the Olde Town area in Marseille ahead of the first game in Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
English football fans taunt French fans in the Olde Town area in Marseille ahead of the first game in Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Police with helmets, batons and shields grappled troublemakers to the ground amid beer bottles and rubbish strewn across the cobbled streets.

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