Euro 2016

Three Russian fans to face trial

2016-06-16 11:52
Euro 2016 (AP Photo)

Marseille - Three of the 43 Russian supporters detained in France over the violence around the England-Russia Euro 2016 match will be tried Thursday, prosecutors told AFP.

Another 20 of the group will be expelled from France although they will face no charges, while 20 will be released, the officials said.

The three Russians will be tried on the same violence charges as the 10 British, French and Austrian nationals sentenced to prison terms of up to a year on Monday, prosecutor Brice Robin said.

One Frenchman will also be tried on the same charge.

But the Russians will also face charges over a new offence of "knowingly participating in group" with a view to carrying out "deliberate violence against persons", the prosecutor said.

That offence carries a one-year prison sentence and a fine of 15,000 euros ($16,900).

The arrest of the Russians turned into a diplomatic incident on Wednesday when Russia summoned France's ambassador in protest.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the arrests as "absolutely unacceptable".

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