: RFE/RL: Six Russian soccer fans detained for beating Spaniards in Cologne

15:17 Jun. 17, 2016

RFE/RL: Six Russian soccer fans detained for beating Spaniards in Cologne

Fans clash after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Getty Images)

Russia provides no comments on the issue currently

Cologne police say they have detained six Russian soccer fans for allegedly beating up three Spanish tourists outside Cologne's landmark cathedral on June 16th.

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Two of the Spaniards were seriously injured, police said. The Russians were returning to Moscow from the Euro 2016 tournament in France. A police source told TASS that seven Russian fans "attacked three Spaniards outside the Cologne cathedral.... The police detained six of them; one managed to escape. All of them had tickets for the Russia-England match" where fighting between fan clubs earlier in the week resulted in the arrest and expulsion of some Russians.

"We do not know if they were deported from France," the Cologne police source said, adding that all the suspects had air tickets to Moscow and held Russian passports.

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The Russian Consulate in Berlin did not immediately comment. French authorities said they were expelling 20 Russians responsible for seriously wounding English fans and other infractions in Marseilles.

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Russian Consul-General Sergei Molchanov told TASS that the Russian fans were determined to challenge their deportation.

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