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Russia and France Fans Play a Friendly Match in Honor of Kemerovo Victims

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While the national teams will be wearing black armbands during their clash in St. Petersburg two days after the tragedy, the fans organized their own event.

The match, which came to fruition with the help of the Russian Football Council and the Fans Embassy of Russia, was played out a few hours prior to the official meeting, with the home fans coming out on top 6-1.

"After the Kemerovo tragedy, it took us a long time to make a decision on this friendly," said one of the organizers according to Gazeta.ru. "Not to mention the recent terrorist attack in France. But for us it's not about the reasons or who to blame. We just wanted to honor the victims with an honest game."

​The fire at the "Winter Cherry" shopping mall in Kemerovo broke out on March 25 and claimed 64 lives, most of them children.

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