Russian football fans thrown out of France: authorities


FRANCE: A group of Russian football supporters is being thrown out of France because it is feared they will cause trouble at Euro 2016 matches, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities were checking the identities of 29 supporters at a hotel near Marseille in southern France, but authorities have already decided to take some of them to a holding centre at the border, local authorities told AFP.

French police are checking to see if any of the Russians are on a list of supporters “considered a risk”, said Francois-Xavier Lauch, a top local official in the Alpes-Maritimes area.

It is believed the supporters intended to travel to the northern city of Lille, where Russia play Slovakia on Wednesday.

The checks come after the English Football Association expressed concern that French authorities were not doing enough to crack down on Russian hooligans following the mass fighting between English and Russian supporters in Marseille on Saturday.

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