How can 200 Russians 'beat up' thousands of English fans, questions Putin

Head of Russian soccer fan club to be deported from France three jailed

The head of a Russian soccer supporters' association, Alexander Shprygin, is among 20 Russian fans that will be expelled from France in the coming days after violence flared at their Euro 2016 match against England, a police source said on Thursday.

French investigators believe the group, officially ordered out for disrupting public order, includes well-prepared hooligans.

The fans had been accused by Marseille prefect Stephane Bouillon of "participation in skirmishes linked to the England-Russia game".

Putin said the treatment by police and the courts "should be the same for all violators" but expressed hope that Russian fans behave in the team's final group match against Wales on Monday, which they must win to have a chance of reaching the next round.

Three of the Russian supporters were tried in Marseille yesterday and jailed for up to two years, the first from their country to face justice for their role in the trouble last Saturday. They were confronted by a group of Albania fans, leading police to intervene inside the fan zone.

French prosecutors say they could still launch an attempted murder investigation over two cases of attacks on England fans.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert", the Ministry said, warning that "further stoking of anti-Russian sentiments... could significantly aggravate the atmosphere in Russian-French relations".

Reports indicate that French police charged at the crowd repeatedly while English police, who have been sent to Lille to help with security, told fans to behave.

Although Russia and England will not meet again in the group stage, they were to play their next matches just a few miles apart.

 

 

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