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Russian fan, detained in Marseilles, is released - sports minister

June 12, 14:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"The detained Russian fan is released," Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said. "Nothing now threatens life of the English fan, with whom he fought."
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MOSCOW, June 12. /TASS/. A fan of the Russian national football team, who was involved in the skirmish in Marseilles, is released now, Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Sunday.

"The detained Russian fan is released," he said. "Nothing now threatens life of the English fan, with whom he fought."

Earlier on Sunday, the Russian Consulate General in Marseilles told TASS the Russian fan, who participated in the disorders in Marseilles, may face a term in prison for causing body injuries.

"We have information about one detained Russian fan," the Consulate General said. "He may face a term in prison. He is charged with causing major body injuries."

A total of 35 people were injured in unrest following a 2016 UEFA Euro Cup match between the national teams of England and Russia in Marseille on Saturday, the French newspaper La Provence reported citing a Marseille prefecture statement.

Four people were seriously injured. Earlier reports said about 31 injured, including one Russian. Russia’s consulate in Marseille told TASS then they did not have information on detained or injured Russian fans.

The national teams of England and Russia on Saturday ended their football group stage match in a draw 1-1.

The situation around the match was tense - fans began to clash in Marseille Thursday and the clashes culminated Saturday. The police had to use smoke flares, tear gas and water cannons.

Some fans attend Russia-England game not for football

Some fans have attended the game between Russian and English national teams in Marseilles clearly not to view football, Mutko told TASS.

Russian football fans attacked British fans in their sector after the Euro-2016 Russia-England group round match had ended in a draw (1:1).

The match took place at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille late on Saturday. After the final whistle, the Russian fans rushed to the British sector. The arena stewards tried to settle the conflict. A buffer zone, which ought to have separated the Russian and British fans, was absent at the stadium. UEFA has begun investigations into the disorders and its decision is due on June 14.

"Certain people have come here clearly not to view football," the minister said. "Mask on, shame on the country, and he is happy."

"UEFA’s decision is due before the Russian team’s next game," he continued. "May the Russian Football Union appeal? Could be, the thing is behavior should be proper. Opening of the discipline case against the Russian Football Union is a regular procedure, we have violated the public order.".

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