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    Police have released over 60 football fans detained on Saturday in riots in downtown Moscow, in which 29 people were injured, a spokesman for the Moscow interior department said on Sunday.

    Police have released over 60 football fans detained on Saturday in riots in downtown Moscow, in which 29 people were injured, a spokesman for the Moscow interior department said on Sunday.

    An unsanctioned rally to demand an investigation into the death of 28-year-old Spartak Moscow fan Yegor Sviridov, killed earlier this week in a fight between football fans and internal migrants from the North Caucasus, gathered about 5,000 people on central Moscow's Manezh Square on Saturday.

    The rioters who chanted nationalist slogans and burned firecrackers and flares clashed with police, with injuries reported on both sides.

    "Yesterday, 65 participants in the unsanctioned rally on Manezh Square were detained. By now all of them have been set free after protocols on administrative offences were drawn up," the spokesman said.

    Some of the fans will have to come to police stations again to continue investigation into their offences, the spokesman said.

    MOSCOW, December 122 (RIA Novosti)

     

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