April 20, 2018

France expels Russia far-right fan chief Shprygin

France’s move to expel the far-right leader of Russian footballer supporters’ association, Alexander Shprygin, from Euro 2016 has angered the Russian government, which has summoned the French ambassador in protest on Thursday.

Continuing it’s crackdown on football hooliganism, France continue to detain and question football fans in around Euro 2016 venues.

The first major clash erupted before Saturday’s Russia-England Group B match at Marseille, and Russia was hit with a fine and a suspended disqualification, meaning the team will be thrown out of the tournament if their fans cause more trouble inside stadiums.

According to reports, Shprygin is among 20 Russian fans being deported. They were detained on Tuesday while traveling from Marseille to Lille to watch Russia’s match against Slovakia.

In response, Russia summoned the French ambassador to Moscow, criticising the hosts of policing at the quadrennial tournament.

However, yesterday’s Russia-Slovakia match passed off peacefully.

Earlier, five England fans were jailed for throwing bottles at police and a sixth jailed in connection with the violence.

On Wednesday, at least 36 people were arrested in the city of Lille and 16 taken to hospital following disorder involving England supporters.

In total, French police have made more than 300 arrests since the start of the European championships.

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