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A French prosecutor says there were around 150 Russian “hooligans” who travelled to Marseille “well-prepared for violence”

Groups of Russia fans are being deported from France after repeated scenes of violence at Euro 2016.


French police blamed 150 “well-trained” Russian hooligans for clashes before England played Russia in Marseille.
Six English fans were jailed on Monday for their roles in the disorder and Uefa has threatened to disqualify both teams if there is further violence.


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Alexandr Shprygin, head of the Russian Union of Supporters, said 29 fans were being escorted to the airport.
Shprygin claimed he and 28 other representatives of fan groups had been held near Cannes and put on a bus, adding they had “violated no laws in France” and were “not involved in the events in Marseille or in the port or at the stadium”.
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French police stop a coach carrying Russia fans


However, France Prime Minister Manuel Valls said some football fans “cannot stay on national territory”.
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Thirty-five people have been injured – most of them England fans and four seriously – while a total of 20 people were arrested after three days of disorder in Marseille.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke expressed “serious concerns” about security in Lille, where England fans and Russian supporters are set to gather over the next three days.
England fans are likely to travel to Lille ahead of Thursday’s match against Wales in the nearby smaller town of Lens, while Russia play Slovakia in the city itself on Wednesday.
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Dr Joel Rookwood, a senior lecturer in football business at Southampton Solent, says Russian hooligans will “prioritise fighting the English rather than watching their own team play”.
“For these very violent hooligans, it is a sport,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “The battle for them is more significantly won off the pitch.”
“They’re very well organised and ruthlessly effective. They don’t seem to fear the police.”
Five England fans have been jailed for throwing bottles at police and a sixth was jailed in connection with the violence, while two Russians were arrested for invading the pitch.
The Kremlin said “riots” involving Russian fans were “absolutely unacceptable”.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “We count on Russian citizens and fans to obey the laws of the country they are in.”
French authorities are increasing security in Lens, with 2,400 police, gendarmes and security guards backed by a riot squad that is on duty for England’s game with Wales.
Up to 50,000 England fans are expected – with the 35,000-capacity stadium already sold out – and drinking alcohol in the streets has been banned in the town.


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