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Police found nothing illegal in Russian Union of Fans office - head

September 24, 23:10 UTC+3
Earlier in the day, police detained Shprygin in a toilet of the Holiday Inn hotel, the venue of the Russian Football Union conference
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MOSCOW, September 24. /TASS/. Law enforcement officers have found nothing illegal or provocative during a search in the office of the Russian Union of Fans, its head Aleksander Shprygin told reporters on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, police detained Shprygin in a toilet of the Holiday Inn hotel, the venue of the Russian Football Union (RFU) conference. Later, reports came that searches were underway in the Moscow office of the Russian Union of Fans. Moscow police told TASS that Shprygin had been detained over a case of a brawl between fans. According to TASS information, the clash between fans of the two Moscow football clubs Spartak and CSKA on January 31, 2016 was implied.

"Investigative activities are ongoing," Shprygin said. "I did not take part in a mass brawl. I am not being detained. They have found nothing provocative."

At the conference the RFU expelled the Union of Fans, citing involvement of Russian fans in mass disorders in France’s Marseilles before a game between national teams of England and Russia on June 12. 20 people, including Shprygin, were deported from France then. Three Russians were sentenced to prison terms from one to two years.

RFU President Vitaly Mutko, who is also the sports minister, was reelected at the conference. He said Shprygin’s detention might be linked to the riots in Marseilles but resolutely rejected allegations that expulsion of the Russian Union of Fans from the RFU and the so-called "Shprygin case" are interrelated.

The Russian Union of Fans was organized in 2007 with support from current head of the Russian Football Union Vitaly Mutko - despite objections from law enforcers. The reason for that was the mixed reputation of the fans movement in Russia, which included groups of football hooligans.

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