France deports 20 Russian fans over Euro 2016 violence
A GROUP of 20 Russian football fans are being deported from France after they were accused of being involved in hooliganism at Euro 2016.
The 20 were held in a closed-off area at Nice airport ahead of a scheduled flight to Moscow on Saturday afternoon.
Despite their impending removal from France, Alexander Shprygin, the leader of a Russian fan group who is among the 20 to be deported, said he has been told their visas will not be cancelled and all plan to return to France for Monday’s match against Wales.
The 20 were part of a larger group of Russians who were detained by French authorities on Tuesday following violent disorder around England’s 1-1 draw with Russia last Saturday.
Three were convicted of offences related to the violence and sentenced to prison terms of between one and two years.