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Russian sports minister: situation with detained fans in France to be resolved normally

June 14, 11:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The leader of the Russian fans association says police untends to deport the entire delegation
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MOSCOW, June 14. /TASS/. The situation with a bus ful of Russian fans, blocked by French special services, will be resolved normally, Russian Sports Minister, Russian Football Union President Vitaly Mutko told TASS.

On Tuesday morning a bus carrying Russian fans to Lille for a second game of the national team at the European Football Cup finals was stopped by French police near Cannes.

"I believe everything will get back to normal. I keep in touch with the fans’ association leader. Our official will go there if need be to sort things out," Mutko said.

The European Football Cup finals, which began in France last Friday, have been overshadowed by a number of clashes between visiting fans and local residents. Tensions mounted over the Russia-England encounter, as fans clashed in Marseilles back on June 9, two days ahead of the match. The unrest peaked on June 11, the day of the game. Police had to use tear gas and water jets.

"This is a different country and it has different rules," Mutko said about the detention of the bus with fans.

The executive director of the Russian fans’ association, Ivan Kuznetsov, has told TASS the bus is currently parked on the premises of a police station.

French police intends to deport entire delegation of Russian fans

The leader of the Russian fans association Alexander Shprygin said the French police have announced the intention to deport the entire delegation of the All-Russian Russian Fans Union.

On Tuesday morning a bus carrying Russian fans to Lille for a second game of the national team at the European Football Cup finals was stopped by French police near Cannes.

"We are now told that the whole bus will be deported, but we are waiting for the consul, they are threatening to use force. It’s totally disgraceful, why deport the official group of the fans who were not involved in the Marseille disorders. We believe that this is being done for effect they, as they overlooked the situation on June 11 and decided to take it out on peaceful citizens. We do not obey, we are waiting for the consul," Shprygin said.

"The situation is tense, we sent two women for checks. One is my assistant from the All-Russian Fans’ Union and the other works at a commercial department of the Russian Football Union, they have been deported," he said.

"We will not leave the bus ourselves, we are waiting for a consul, they [France’s special forces] are deciding whether to use force or not against us," he said.

Russian fans will recieve any assistance 

 A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in France said all the necessary assistance will be provided to Russian football fans in France.

"The Russian Consulate General’s Office in France is well informed of the situation," the spokesman said in an interview with TASS. "All the necessary assistance will be provided to the football fans if required."

The diplomat added that "contrary to earlier media reports, the Russian football fans… did not officially require assistance from the Russian Consulate General’s Office."

"We have received the information on the developments from the French side," the spokesman added.

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