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Russian embassy provides help to detained football fans in Germany — diplomat

June 23, 2016, 20:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Six Russian nationals were detained on the night of June 16 in Cologne on accusations of taking part in fights

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

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MOSCOW, June 23. /TASS/. Russian diplomats in Germany are providing all the necessary support for football fans detained last week in Cologne for public disturbances , Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Thursday.

"Six Russian nationals were detained on the night of June 16 in Cologne on accusations of taking part in fights," Zakharova said. "One of them was released on June 17 and on June 18 arrest warrants were issued for the rest of them."

According to earlier media reports, a group of Russian football fans were detained late in the evening last Thursday after they reportedly assaulted and beat up Spanish nationals near the Cologne Cathedral.

"The detained Russians are charged with public disturbances, infliction of bodily harm and resistance to police officers," she said. "The staff of the Russian Consulate General’s Office in Bonn and of the Russian Embassy in Berlin provides all the necessary support to the Russian nationals and their relatives."

Playing in Group B at the Euro Cup, which kicked off on June 10, Russia ended its match against England with 1-1 draw, then lost to Slovakia and Wales (1-2 and 0-3 respectively) and having finished in the last place of the group, the squad returned to Moscow this week on Tuesday.

The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France from June 10 to July 10 has matches lined up in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.

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