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French Riot Police Block, Search Russian Football Fans Near Lille

© AFP 2023 / PHILIPPE HUGUEN French mounted riot police stand in front of the metropole stadium (file)
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French riot police blocked Russian football supporters near Lille, the head of the Russian fans' union said.

LILLE (Sputnik) — Russian football supporters are blocked by French riot police near Lille where the Russian national team is set to play against Slovakia on June 15, head of Russian Union of Fans Alexander Shprygin said Tuesday.

"French police searching Russian supporters traveling to Lille for the Russia-Slovakia match for weapons and drugs," Shprygin said in his official Twitter account.

He added that the union had informed the Russian consulate in France about the problems they encountered.

On June 11, the Russian national football team played in a draw with the team of England at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille within the UEFA’s Euro 2016 championship. After the match, the clashes between dozens of Russian and English fans erupted at the stadium.

As a result, two Russian and six English nationals were detained after the scuffles.

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