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Man injured after French police fire tear-gas and rubber bullets at Everton fans

Credit: Mark Smith

A photograph has emerged of an elderly Everton FC fan injured after French police fired tear-gas and rubber ‘flash-balls’ at supporters in Lille.

It happened yesterday after supporters gathered in the city centre ahead of their Europa League clash.

Today, the French Embassy in London confirmed police used a stun grenade and fired two rubber bullets on the fans.

A spokesman said police "had missiles thrown at them" after arresting a fan in the city's main square for selling drugs.

Rubber bullets used on Everton fans in Lille, say police

Scenes in Lille yesterday afternoon Credit: Voix Du Nord

The French Embassy in London has confirmed that police in Lille used a stun grenade and fired two rubber bullets during clashes with Everton fans yesterday.

A spokesman said police "had missiles thrown at them" after arresting a fan in the city's main square for selling drugs.

The individual was arrested over drugs was remanded in custody at the local police station.

No further arrests were made.

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Police use tear gas on Everton fans in Lille

Everton fans say French police used tear gas on a large crowd of supporters after futher trouble ahead of tonight's Europa league group match.

Eyewitnesses say the trouble was sparked after plain clothed officers tried to confiscate flares from some Everton supporters.

Riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd in the city's main square.

Last night two toffees fans were hurt after a fight in a bar involving around 50 local men.

Everton fan describes the trouble in Lille

Everton fans have been tear-gassed by police in Lille.

One of the supporters, Steven Willetts described what happened.

The police have come in with riot shields and thrown a smoke bomb in between everybody and there's been a massive explosion and everybody's ran away and didn't know what was going on.

Some Everton fans ran away, some guy got hit in the head with a gas cannister with the tear gas, a lot of kids in there as well.

– Steven Willets, Everton fan in Lille

Everton issues 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."

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UEFA Europa League draw in full

The UEFA Europa League groups stage draw is as follows:

Group A Valencia Swansea Kuban Krasnodar St Gallen

Group B PSV Dinamo Zagreb Chornomorets Ludogorets

Group C Standard Liege SV Red Bull Salzburg IF Elfsborg Esbjerg

Group D Rubin Kazan Wigan Maribor Zulte Waregem

Group E Fiorentina Dnipro Pacos Ferreira Pandurii Targu Jiu

Group F Bordeaux Apoel Nicosia Eintracht Frankfurt Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group G Dynamo Kiev Genk Rapid Vienna FC Thun

Group H Sevilla Freiburg Estoril Praia Liberec

Group I Lyon Real Betis Guimaraes Rijeka

Group J Lazio Trabzonspor Legia Warsaw Apollon Limassol Group K Spurs Anzhi Makhachkala FC Sheriff Tromso

Group L AZ PAOK Salonika Maccabi Haifa Shakhtyor Karagandy

Suarez and Gerrard out of Scotland trip

Sriker Luis Suarez and skipper Steven Gerrard have been left out of Liverpool's Europa League squad against Hearts Credit: PA Images

Liverpool have left Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson on Merseyside for tomorrow night's Europa League play-off first leg at Hearts.

Also missing from the squad is left-back Jose Enrique, who missed Saturday's defeat at West Brom with a knee injury, and Joe Cole who came off injured at The Hawthorns.

New signing Oussama Assaidi is ineligible as he featured for former club Heerenveen in an earlier round.

Provisional squad: Reina, Jones, Kelly, Agger, Carragher, Coates, Flanagan, Shelvey, Lucas, Adam, Allen, Henderson, Spearing, Downing, Borini, Carroll, Wilson, Robinson, Sterling, Eccleston.

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