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Police 'fire rubber bullets' at Everton fans

Greg O'Keeffe, the Liverpool Echo's Everton correspondent, is on the ground in Lille and has tweeted that police have fired rubber bullets at Toffee fans.

Images appeared on Twitter of Everton supporters having congregated en masse at Lille's Grand Place square, and of the French police then arriving and gas having been set off, with the crowd dispersing.

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Everton advise fans to stay away from Lille city centre

Everton have tweeted to ask their fans to stay away from Lille city centre amid reports that police have released tear gas.

Everton issue statement over hooligan attacks in Lille

Everton have issued a statement following the news that fans were left with injuries after being attacked by hooligans in Lille ahead of the Europa League clash tonight.

A statement issued on Everton's official website on Thursday morning said: "The club has been made aware of an isolated incident in a bar in Lille on Wednesday evening in which a number of Evertonians were attacked by a group of around 50 local men.

"The club understands that two Everton fans suffered minor facial injuries and were taken to the local hospital and that this was the only incident in what was otherwise a good-natured evening in the city centre.

"The club are in continual contact with Merseyside police officers who are in Lille today and the city's police representatives.

"Supporters travelling to tonight's match are advised to utilise the travel information provided on the official website where updates on any safety matters will also be provided."

Leeds owner sees tax evasion trial delayed

Cellino's trial was due to take place on Thursday. Credit: PA

Leeds president Massimo Cellino's court trial in Sardinia for tax evasion has been delayed.

The trial was due to take place on Thursday, but the judge has had to step down due to a conflict of interest.

Judge Dr Sandra Lepore convicted Cellino for failing to pay tax on his yacht Nelie in March and cannot hear the second case involving another yacht, Lucky 23.

Cellino was fined around £400,000 for the earlier conviction.

The appeal judge who overturned that decision ruled that if Judge Lepore confirmed in her written report that the tax evasion in the Nelie case had been a deliberate act of dishonesty then Cellino would fail the League's 'owners and directors' test.

Judge Lepore has since stated there was "elusive intent" and "Machiavellian simulation" by Cellino and the League is under mounting pressure to force him to sell the club.

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