Authorities ban alcohol ahead of England-Wales game

French authorities are restricting the sale of alcohol and drafting in 4,000 extra police in Lille ahead of England and Russia’s next Euro 2016 matches.

Shops selling alcohol are closed until Friday, while some 350 bars will shut early on Wednesday and Thursday.

England and Russia fans are gathering in Lille, and the FA has expressed “serious concerns” about security after clashes between supporters last week.

Russia has been given a suspended disqualification from the tournament.

And six England fans were jailed following Russia and England’s draw in Marseille on Saturday.

Fans of the two teams are due to cross paths again as England supporters travel to Lille ahead of Thursday’s match against Wales – which is being held in nearby Lens – while Russia will play Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday.

Michel Lalande, prefect of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Picardy region, said the drinking ban would cover some parts of central Lille and the stadium.

England fans are being discouraged from travelling without a ticket, and the authorities are asking fans if they can wait to travel on Thursday to watch the Wales game.

Those without tickets can watch the match in the city’s fan zone, where lower strength beer will be sold.

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