France To Deport 20 Russian Fans – 20 Russian fans are set to be deported from France, including the head of the supporters’ body, Alexander Shprygin.
43 Russian fans had been arrested by French authorities in relation to violence after Russia’s 1-1 draw with England in their opening Group B match the the Euro 2016.
The Union of Russian Fans said in a statement: “The delegation of the Union of Russian Fans, whose bus was stopped on June 14 on the way from Marseille to Lille, spent more than a day under arrest. Twenty people were later released and twenty others, including URF head Alexander Shprygin, were taken to a deportation center from where they will be expelled from France within five days.”
The statement added: “France’s authorities said they have taken this decision due to security considerations as they see a potential threat in these people. No other reasons have been provided.”
Shprygin however said in an interview with Russian news agency Tass that he had done no wrong, and planned to challenge the decision.
Shprygin told the agency: “We will probably see our consul tomorrow. We will challenge this decision. It is an absolutely absurd award. We can challenge it within two days. We will ask for a lawyer. I was involved in no clashes or anything of the kind.”
“I have been given a resolution of Marseille’s prefect which says that according to information provided by the Russian side, we can be members of groups of active fans and hence allegedly pose a threat to security. So, we are to be expelled. I would like to stress: not deported but expelled. They are not deporting us with no right of further entry to the country, they are going to expel us. It means we will keep our visas,” he said.