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Russian football fans to be kicked out of France over fears of unrest

© Jean Christophe Magnenet, AFP | A man throws a beer bottle at English supporters ahead of the Euro 2016 football match England vs Russia, southern France, on June 11, 2016.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-06-14

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 on Tuesday.

Authorities were checking the identities of 29 supporters at a hotel near Marseille in the south of 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 François-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 mass fighting between English and Russian supporters in Marseille on Saturday.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has opened an investigation into the violence and charged the Russian Football Union over the unrest, during which fans chanted racist slogans and threw fireworks into the stadium.

UEFA is expected to announce its ruling in the case later on Tuesday. If found guilty, Russia could be fined, reprimanded or have points deducted from their qualifying campaign for the Euro 2020 tournament.

UEFA has also threatened Russia and England with disqualification from Euro 2016 if there is a repeat in violence.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2016-06-14

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