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AFP
March 14, 2018

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Russian detained for Euro 2016 hooliganism

MARSEILLE: A Russian was taken into custody in Marseille on Monday in connection with an attack that left an English football fan in a serious condition after fighting at the Euro 2016 football tournament.

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The 31-year-old, originally arrested in Germany in February, will face trial in connection with a mass attack that left a fan with permanent damage and is under provisional custody, state prosecutor Xavier Tarabeux told AFP.

German police detained the wanted man last month on his arrival at Munich airport en route to Bilbao, where he was travelling for Spartak Moscow’s Europa League tie.The suspect, who was not named by police, risks up to 15 years in jail in France for attempted homicide and grievous bodily harm.

The Russian embassy in Germany protested the arrest at the time.“We strongly protest against the detention and the return to a third country of a Russian citizen who had not committed any crime in German territory,” wrote Russian embassy spokesman Denis Mikerine on Facebook.

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