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Sports minister says Russian lawyers work on case of convicted fans in France

June 16, 2016, 20:05 UTC+3 LYON

The convicted fans will file appeals

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LYON, June 16. /TASS/. Russian diplomats and lawyers are currently inquiring into the situation with three football fans, who were convicted earlier in the day by a French court to prison terms between one and two years, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Thursday.

"Our lawyers and diplomats are working on it," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU) said in an interview with TASS. "Any accusation must be proved and we will be studying the case thoroughly. It is hard to make commentaries on this situation as they [France] are not allowing us to see the investigation materials."

Plans to file appeals 

Three Russian football fans will be filing appeals, Russian Consulate General in Marseille Sergei Molchanov told TASS on Thursday.

According to earlier French media reports, a court in Marseille ruled on Thursday to sentence three earlier detained Russian football fans, namely Alexei Yerunov, Sergei Gorbachev and Nikolai Morozov, to prison terms between 12 and 24 months after finding them guilty of taking part in mass disturbances last week at the 2016 Euro Cup match between England and Russia.

"I confirm that the [Russian] football supporters were handed prison terms," Molchanov said in an interview with TASS. "Our consulate staff and lawyers are working at the moment to determine our next steps, but the appeals would be undoubtedly filed."

French La Marseillaise daily reported that Yerunov was handed a two-year prison term, while Gorbachev and Morozov were sentenced to 18 months and 12 months in prison respectively.


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