LILLE, France -- French riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse large groups of Everton fans gathered on Lille's main square on Thursday afternoon, hours before a Europa League match.
Everton fans ignored the club's requests to avoid gathering in the main square, a night after Everton fans drinking outside a bar were attacked.
Trouble flared late on Wednesday when around 50 Lille supporters charged into a group of Everton fans, with two of them requiring hospital treatment.
A group of Everton fans were attacked by around 50 hooligans at a bar in Lille ahead of Thursday's Europa League match between the two clubs.
Eyewitness reports suggested the supporters were attacked with metal chairs and then sprayed with CS gas as police attempted to deal with the disorder on Wednesday night.
In a statement, Everton said two fans had suffered minor facial injuries and been taken to hospital.
The incident happened at the Australian Bar, where a group of fans had spent the afternoon...
Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels his side's double-header against Lille could well prove a "final'' in terms of the way Europa League Group H pans out.
The Toffees take on the French outfit at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Thursday, with the reverse fixture following on Nov. 6.
In a pool also featuring Russians FK Krasnodar and German side Wolfsburg, after two rounds of matches Everton are top with four points and Lille third with two.
And speaking at his new conference to preview Thursday's contest,...