Trouble flared in the southern French city of Marseille overnight, where soccer supporters from England and Russia are gathering for a European Championship game on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses said the fight, outside an Irish pub in the Mediterranean city's Old Port district, was quickly dealt with by police, who used tear gas to restore calm.

Local youths were apparently involved in the trouble, along with English fans drinking in the pub.

Police used tear gas, and riot police with shields separated the two groups.

Ambulances were seen arriving just after midnight. It was not known if anyone was injured. Police said two people were arrested.

England fans were involved in violent clashes with locals in Marseille during the World Cup in 1998.