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French Lille to close 350 bars ahead of Russia-Slovakia football match

June 14, 2016, 19:55 UTC+3 LILLE
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LILLE, June 14. /TASS/. Authorities of the French northern city of Lille decided to close 350 bars overnight on Wednesday, as it prepares to host the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup group stage match between Russia and Slovakia, a senior local official told TASS on Tuesday.

Michel Lalande, the prefecture of the Nord department with the administrative center in Lille said in an interview with TASS that "in all 350 bars will be closed overnight on Wednesday and overnight on Thursday."

"They must be closed starting at midnight and until the morning hours," Lalande said.

Russia is playing its next round-robin match against Slovakia on Wednesday, June 15, at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille with the match scheduled to kick off at 3:00 p.m. local time (13:00 GMT).

UEFA announced earlier on Tuesday its decision to fine the Russian Football Union (RFU) 150,000 euros ($168,200) over Russian football fans’ misconduct during their national team’s opening match of the 2016 Euro Cup against England last week in Marseille.

The European governing body of football also issued a suspended disqualification for the Russian team, which means that the national squad would be disqualified from the major European football tournament in case of the repeated instance of Russian fans misconduct.

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. At least 30 people were reported to be hurt in clashes, while most injuries were inflicted with the use of glass bottles.

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.

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