TOULOUSE, France, June 20. /TASS/. It took French police two hours to check a group of Russian fans on their way to Toulouse to decide if they can be allowed into the city for the Russia-Wales group stage match of the European Football Cup Finals. In the end all fans were let in, the executive director of the all-Russia fans association, Ivan Kuznetsov, told TASS.
Earlier, the fan’s union chief, Alexander Shprygin, tweeted that a bus with Russian fans had been stopped near Toulouse.
"The bus was detained for two hours. Everybody’s passport was checked twice. Also, all items the fans were going to use for their performance on the stands, including flags were examined. After intervention by the Russian consulate all were allowed to go and the bus proceeded towards the stadium," Kuznetsov said.
On June 14 French law enforcers stopped a bus carrying 43 Russian citizens and placed them in temporary custody. On Thursday, a court in Marseille read out a sentence to give three men aged 28 to 33 - Nikolai Morozov, Aleksey Yerunov and Sergey Gorbachyov - real prison terms. All other Russian fans detained on that bus and taken to Marseille avoided court prosecution.
At the same time the French authorities made a decision to expel 20 of those detained, including Shprygin, saying that among them were "cruel and well-trained hooligans," although the investigators failed to identify none of them even after seeing 200-hour-long footage. Another 20 Russian fans were released. On Saturday, a group of Russian fans expelled from France flew back home to Moscow from Nice.