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Consul general: 20 Russian fans to be deported from France, another 9 let go

June 16, 3:00 UTC+3
Another 3 are awaiting the court’s ruling
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PARIS, June 16. /TASS/. After an investigation in the French police, the French authorities decided to deport 20 Russian fans, the head of the Russian Federation’s Consulate General in Marseille, Sergey Molchanov, told TASS on Wednesday.

"The French authorities have made the decision to deport 20 Russian fans, another 3 are awaiting the court’s ruling," Molchanov said. "Also, nine fans were released in addition to the 11 already freed from custody earlier today.".

The talk is about a group of fans numbering 43 people who were detained Tuesday in southern France. They included representatives of the All-Russian Association of Fans and other fans of Russia’s national football team, who were heading to Lille for the Russia-Slovakia match of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup.

However, according to French police data, they included "hooligans who took part in unrest in Marseille" the past weekend.

URF's reaction

"The delegation of the Union of Russian Fans, whose bus was stopped on June 14 on the way from Marseille to Lille, spent more than a day under arrest. Twenty people were later released and twenty others, including URF head Alexander Shprygin, were taken to a deportation center from where they will be expelled from France within five days. France’s authorities said they have taken this decision due to security considerations as they see a potential threat in these people. No other reasons have been provided," the Union of Russian Fans said on its website on Thursday.

On Tuesday, local law enforcement officials stopped a bus near Cannes carrying Russian football fans on the way to Lille to see their home team’s second group stage match. According to the French authorities, there were 43 people inside the bus. All were placed under arrest to investigate if they could have been involved in clashes in Marseille.

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