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Fan leader says detained Russians in France not tied to Marseille violence

June 14, 13:57 UTC+3 PARIS
Earlier on Tuesday, local law enforcement officials stopped a bus carrying 29 Russian football fans on the way to Lille to see their home team’s second group stage match
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PARIS, June 14. /TASS/. A group of Russian football fans, held by French police earlier in the day, had nothing to do with last week’s disturbances in Marseille during the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup match between Russia and England, the head of the Russian football fans’ movement Tweeted on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, local law enforcement officials stopped a bus carrying 29 Russian football fans on the way to Lille to see their home team’s second group stage match.

Alexander Shprygin, the head of the Union of Russian Fans (URF) earlier stated that the French authorities had planned to deport all of those detained.

Local authorities in Alpes-Maritimes in France’s southeast, where the bus was pulled over, told TASS that officers had wanted to check the football fans’ documents in the wake of last week’s brawls in Marseille.

A number of clashes were reported between foreign football fans and locals as the major European football tournament kicked off on Friday. Altercations also erupted between Russian and English fans ahead of the June 11th match. Brawls began on Thursday in Marseille peaking at Saturday’s match.

Law enforcement resorted to tear gas, smoke pellets and water cannons to disperse the brawlers.

In its kick off group stage match, team England took on the Russian national squad on Saturday, June 11, in Marseille at the Stade Velodrome. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The 2016 Euro Cup competing teams were divided into six groups, with Russia placed into Group B, sharing it with England, Wales and Slovakia.

Russia is playing its next round-robin match against Slovakia on Wednesday, June 15, at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Team England is scheduled to face Wales on Thursday, June 16, at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.

The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France from June 10 to July 10 has matches lined up in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

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