Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF), commented on the riots in France, where these days passes the European championship on football. The head of state expressed surprise at the fact that the Russian fans are in the minority managed to “beat” the English fans, and called on French police to come equally to all violators of public order, reports the Agency “Interfax”.

“I really don’t know how 200 of our fans “beat up” there are a few thousand Englishmen. Don’t understand. But, in any case, the approach law enforcement should be the same for all offenders”, – said Putin.

The President also noted that now at the European Championships, unfortunately, more attention is drawn not to football, but to fight fans. “It is very sad and I’m sorry about that”, – declared Putin, adding that “the fight of the Russian fans from English – this is a complete disgrace”.

“But we must always proceed from some General criteria of responsibility for their actions should be as personalized, and against the violators should be equal”, – said the President of Russia.

On the eve of imprisonment for participation in the riots on June 11, prior to the match of the group stage of the European championship on football between national teams of Russia and England, was sentenced three Russian fans.

The head of the fan club of the Moscow “Dynamo” Nikolay Morozov was sentenced to 12 months in prison, Executive Director of the fan club of the Tula “Arsenal” Sergey Gorbachev will spend behind bars one and a half years, and Director of football fans in the football club “Lokomotiv” (Moscow) Alexey Aronov received a two-year term. While all three also banned from entering France for two years.

We will remind, on 11 June in Marseille has been a series of clashes between fans of different countries, including Russian and British. On this day the Russian team in the opening match of the European championship on football played in a draw with the British – with the score 1:1. A fight between fans of both teams occurred in the city before the start of the match. Clashes continued at the stadium after the final whistle the Russian fans broke through the cordon, broke into the sector of English fans. A brawl ensued.

During the events in Marseille suffered a few dozen people. Later it became known that the British man who was beaten during a street brawl, was diagnosed with brain death.

The European Union of football associations (UEFA) in connection with the riots of June 14, conditionally disqualified the Russian team until the end of Euro 2016 team will be removed from the tournament if fans once again will provoke riots in the stands.

After a clash in Marseille on Tuesday, the French special forces have detained a bus with Russian fans, who were traveling from Cannes to Lille for the match Russia against Slovakia. 43 people were in the bus, was taken to Marseille, where it was a question of expulsion from the country.

Putin threw into confusion the news of the “people marked” thousands of British Russians 18.06.2016

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