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French Police Crack Down On Russian Football Fans After Marseille Violence

Russian football fans are confronting military checks and a UEFA review after aroused clashes with English supporters during a country’s opening Euro 2016 compare in Marseille on Saturday.

Forty armed policemen raided a hotel hosting a Russian Supporters’ Union on Monday, holding photos and duplicating documents, kinship deputy Alexander Shprygin wrote on Twitter.

The raids come after Russian fans pennyless by barriers and pounded English supporters after a European Championship compare between a dual inhabitant teams finished in a 1-1 draw.

The BBC reported that clashes after a compare was triggered by a light being dismissed from a Russian territory of a stadium. The brawls were finally stopped by stewards.

More aroused scenes, instigated by both Russian and English supporters, took place on a streets of Marseille before a game. At slightest 35 people were harmed as a outcome of a clashes, with 4 in a critical condition, French journal La Provence reported Monday.

European football’s ruling physique UEFA warned both Russia and England that their inhabitant teams would be unfit if clashes continued.

UEFA also non-stop disciplinary record opposite a Russian Football Union over purported throng disturbances, extremist function and environment off fireworks. The preference on any presumably sanctions will be announced on Tuesday.

Russian Sports Minister and President of Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko blamed a occurrence on a diseased confidence measures during a tournament, though upheld a UEFA’s decision.

“They are right. There were flares, fireworks and clashes in a track and we need to demeanour into it,” Mutko told news website R-Sport.

“The fans did a good pursuit in ancillary their teams, though there were people who weren’t there for a football. We need to brand them so that they won’t be means to go anywhere else,” Mutko said.

“There is a nation of 140 million behind them, a mistress of a destiny World Cup: these people flaw it [the country] and cruise it normal,” he said.

Chief executive of a English football organisation Martin Glenn pronounced that a occurrence was being treated with a “utmost seriousness.”

“We know a intensity implications of a supporters’ actions and unconditionally accept that each bid needs to be finished to definitely titillate them to act in a obliged and deferential way,” he pronounced in a statement. “Violent scenes like those witnessed over a weekend in Marseille have no place in football, nor multitude as a whole.”

The conduct of Britain’s Euro 2016 policing operation Mark Roberts called a clashes a many assertive and concurrent he had seen in a past 10 years, claiming that some Russian fans had put in resin shields and martial humanities gloves before a attacks, British journal The Guardian reported.

While defamation of a attacks was widespread in both countries, Executive Committee member of a Russian Football Union Igor Lebedev upheld fans’ behavior, essay on Twitter, “I do not see anything terrible in a fans fighting. On a contrary, good finished a guys. Keep it up!”

Speaking to The Moscow Times on Monday, Lebedev pronounced that a media had targeted Russian fans unfairly.

“Why is nobody observant that England triggered a fight? Why is nobody stating a clashes between Polish and [Northern] Irish fans?” he said.

“In this situation, we am expressing my support for a Russian fans. We mustn’t censure them though urge while they are abroad. The country, a inhabitant group and a fans: we should all be joined now,” he said.

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Article source: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/572501.html