Russian Journalists Detained During Coverage of Lille Football Clashes

© REUTERS / Christian HartmannPolice man a roadblock at the scene where a French police commander was stabbed to death in front of his home in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, France, June 14, 2016.
Police man a roadblock at the scene where a French police commander was stabbed to death in front of his home in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, France, June 14, 2016. - Sputnik International
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A group of Russian journalists was detained by the French police in Lille as they were covering the interrupted football clashes between English and Russian fans in the city, media reported Wednesday.

Police officers keep guard outside the England team hotel in Chantilly, France, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lille is set to host a Russia-Slovakia football match later on Wednesday within the framework of the Euro-2016 tournament. On Tuesday, England and Wales fans clashed with Russian fans in Lille, but French police intervened with pepper spray, and detained several individuals.

"About 20 officers of the French gendarmerie surrounded by representatives of the Russian media, took way their accreditation and are currently checking their [the journalists'] documents," the Russian Izvestia newspaper said, adding that its correspondent was among the detained.

On June 11, the Russian national football team played in a draw with England's team in the French city of Marseille. After the match, the clashes between dozens of Russian and English fans erupted at the stadium. As a result, two Russian and six English nationals were detained after the scuffle.

On Tuesday, UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided to hand the Russian Football Union (RFU) a 150,000-euro ($168,000) fine and a suspended disqualification following the Marseille clashes.

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