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Nice hit by fan violence ahead of Poland-Northern Ireland

8:00 AM GMT+8 12/06/2016
Stade de Nice - cropped
Following ugly scenes between England and Russia fans in Marseille, more violence has broken out between two other nation's supporters ahead of their meeting on Sunday

The city of Nice has been hit by fan violence on the eve of Sunday's Group C encounter between Poland and Northern Ireland.

Fans from both nations had been celebrating together throughout the day in an amicable atmosphere, but the ambience changed when a group of local supporters entered the scene around 23:00 local time (21:00 GMT).

Tensions grew when the Nice fanatics started provoking the Polish and Northern Irish fans at the Rue Saint-Francois-de-Paule in the old city centre and the situation eventually got out of hand when a bottle was thrown in the direction of the latter's supporters.

A large scuffle ensued involving several hundred people, with numerous glasses, bottles, chairs and terrace tables thrown with several smaller fights taking place.

Police were quick to the scene to restore order, though, and made one arrest.

There were seemingly no major injuries among the rioters or bystanders.

Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has condemned the incidents, while thanking the police force for calming things down rapidly.

"Outbursts of violence in Nice tonight. The behaviour of these hooligans is unacceptable and must be strongly condemned," Estrosi tweeted.

"One arrest has been made following the incidents. The situation is now calm again. Thank you to the police."

The south of France has been struck by a number of violent incidents over the past few days, with England and Russia fans fighting in the build up to their Group B meeting on Saturday.

And the violence continued after the 1-1 draw between the two when Russia fans rushed at England supporters, who were forced to try and escape by jumping over high fences inside Stade Velodrome.