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PARIS, June 14. /TASS/. Russian football fans, whose bus was stopped by French policemen earlier in the day in the southeast of France, have been officially detained for 24 hours, Alexander Shprygin, the head of the Union of Russian Fans (URF), 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.
"Everyone signed a document stating detention for 24 hours as part of the investigations measures," Shprygin said. "All the detained will be now transported to Marseille for an identification procedure."
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.
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 venues of both matches are located only 40 kilometers (25 miles) apart from each other.