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Videos show English fans throwing coins and jeering at migrant children

Another boy was given money to drink a beer.

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VIDEOS HAVE BEEN posted online of English football fans taunting and throwing coins at migrant children in France.

The English fans are in Lens today for their team’s game against Wales, but many were staying in nearby Lille yesterday.

Videos of a group of fans outside a bar in the city show a group throwing coins to young boys identified as migrants before jeering as they fight over the money.


A second video filmed from the first-person perspective shows a person offering a child a coin before throwing it away.

The fan who took the video said on Twitter that the children had been trying to steal his wallet.

Lille has been the scene of clashes between Russian and English fans in the last 24 hours.

Clashes erupted but were quickly quelled by riot squads behind shields, who fired tear gas and flash bombs.

Thirty-six people were arrested and 16 hospitalised with injuries.

English supporters belted out anti-Russian and anti-European songs and kicked footballs over the heads of watching riot police through the day.

Russian fans occasionally squared up to rivals but there was none of the mass fighting that darkened football’s reputation in Marseille.

Read: “Absolutely unacceptable”: Moscow slams arrest of Russia fans in France

Read: French police fire tear gas at English soccer fans in Lille

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