Reports from Lille are showing that local police have tear gassed the collected fans in the city main square.
According to Greg O'Keefe and a number of other sources the police used tear gas to disperse a large crowd of Evertonians in the main square.
Riot police then moved in to the area to move the crowd along, with O'Keefe tweeting later that the police have fired rubber bullets at the Everton fans as well. According to him, one fan has been hit in the head although the extents of his injuries are as yet unknown.
Police have fired rubber bullets at #Everton fans. One man has been hit in the head— Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) October 23, 2014
Police set off tear gas in Lille square as trouble flares again— Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) October 23, 2014
Absolutely disgusting behaviour from Lille police. Targeting/dispersing Evertonians for no reason via @GuillerezJS pic.twitter.com/aWRtYNEX5X— GrandOldTeam.com (@grandoldteam) October 23, 2014
This of course follows on from reports last night that fans were attacked in a bar in the city. Everton supporters had reportedly been told they could gather in The Australian Bar the night before the match. Fans were first attacked outside the bar before the attackers tried to get inside and the police arrived to control the crowds.
Keep up to date with the latest info on our live stream as well as Twitter.
UPDATE: More and more eyewitness reports coming in on Twitter indicate that a group of Lille fans rushed a group of Everton supporters at Grand Place in Lille. The Blues were signing peacefully when the home fans charged the group, let fly teargas cannisters, and then ran off and hid in shops nearby. The French police moved in immediately to quell them, letting loose with more teargas and rubber bullets.
How I saw it. Dozen Lille fans let of tear gas and legged it into a shop. Police waded in. Might be wrong. Didn't hang around— David Bannister (@Banno78) October 23, 2014
Was a small group of Lille "ultra's" that kicked off set off bangers & water jets, grabbed a blue then hid in shop doorway that caused it!— Claire G (@Gwladys6) October 23, 2014
Is this acceptable @UEFA #EvertonAwayDays pic.twitter.com/UstJCzvgIo— Everton Away Days (@away_everton) October 23, 2014
October 23, 2014
Kicked off again in the square in lille. Some fella got knocked down with a tear gas bomb. Hashed about 2 mil deep near his eye.— Jen (@jen_efc) October 23, 2014
Wrapped his scarf round his head to stem the bleeding.Covered in his blood but that'll wipe off. Hope he's ok. If anyone knows him let me no
— Jen (@jen_efc) October 23, 2014