Russian Police Arrest 38 at Lokomotiv-Volga Football Match

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Police said Sunday they had arrested 38 people for lighting flares and ripping up seats at a Russian Premier League football match.

MOSCOW, July 27 (R-Sport) - Police said Sunday they had arrested 38 people for lighting flares and ripping up seats at a Russian Premier League football match.

Saturday's game in Nizhny Novgorod between FC Volga and Lokomotiv Moscow finished 2-1 to the visitors, and police said it was the Lokomotiv fans who had misbehaved.

"In the run-up to the match and during the game itself 38 people were arrested by police for breaking the law," the regional force sad in a statement.

Lokomotiv supporters lit 29 fireworks and caused damage to 66 seats at the 17,856-capacity stadium, police said.

Nearly 2,000 of the 11,000 in attendance Saturday had made the trip from Moscow, police said.

Both houses of parliament have approved legislation that would ban convicted hooligans from sports events for at least six months and up to seven years. It is awaiting President Vladimir Putin's signature to become law.

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