Video footage has emerged that seems to depict English and Welsh soccer fans in the French city of Lille mocking what appear to be refugee children.
The fans, gathered ahead of the Euro 2016 match between England and Wales on Thursday, are seen standing and chanting outside of a pub. Four children — identified in a YouTube video uploaded earlier on Wednesday as "little Muslim refugee kids" — stand amid litter discarded by the fans. They scurry after coins that seem to be hurled by people within the British crowd. The pushing and shoving between the children that follows draws laughter
A separate video found by a Turkish news site from the same scene shows the first-person perspective of a fan taunting one of the children with a coin and then hurling it far away.
The disturbing scenes follow days of separate clashes between English fans, local groups and Russian hooligans. With supporters of a number of European soccer teams filing into Lille, the northern French city has beefed up its security measures.
That hasn't prevented some squabbles from breaking out. A video, above, uploaded on Twitter by a Russian journalist showed another brawl between Russian and English fans.
This is not even the first time this year that footage has shown soccer fans jeering the poor. In March, supporters of the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven were criticized after some fans were seen hurling coins and pieces of bread near female beggars in Madrid and goading some of the women into doing push-ups.
PSV's leadership deemed the behavior "scandalous" and vowed to track the offending supporters down. "The actions of a few individuals are damaging the reputation of the whole group," the club said in a statement.
The same is true for what has taken place over the past week in France, with a minority of fans complicit in acts of violence, vandalism and general oafish buffoonery. French authorities are still mulling over whether to deport foreign fans implicated in hooliganism.
Lille has seen a particularly high concentration of refugees and migrants; the sprawling camp of asylum seekers known as "the Jungle" near the port town of Calais fell under the city's jurisdiction. It was cleared by authorities earlier this year.
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