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Published in Press Stream:
June 17, 2016

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Published in Stream:
June 17, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
3 Russian Soccer Fans Sentenced to Prison for Brawl in France; 20 Deported
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Stream: June 17, 2016
Publication: Russia Update
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A court in Marseilles has sentenced from one to two years three Russian soccer fans who were part of a Russian group that instigated violent clashes at a soccer match on June 11 in the Euro 2016 championship, Current Time TV reported, citing Agence France-Presse.

A British soccer fan was hospitalized and declared brain-dead from injuries sustained in the fight and others were hurt as well. 

One of the three sentenced, Aleksei Yerunov, the head of the department of fans at Moscow's Lokomotiv team, was handed two years, Interfax reported. Sergei Gorbachev received 1.5 years and Nikolai Morozov one year of prison. All of them were in a bus that was stopped June 14 by police in Cannes, when a total of 43 Russians were detained. 

Five English fans were also detained for throwing bottles at police and a sixth was handed a prison term.

Yesterday, June 16, 20 Russian fans were ordered to be deported from France as "threats to national security," the Telegraph reported.

Aleksandr Shprygin, leader of the All-Russian Football Supporters Union, was among those ordered to leave France. They have been taken to a deportation center and are expected to be expelled within the next five days.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the detention of the fans "absolutely unacceptable".

Russia was given a suspended disqualificaiton warning by the United European Association of Football (Uaef) over the brawls.

The British man was erroneously reported as deceased by Russian media; in fact he was in a coma and declared brain-dead but is still alive.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick