FRANKFURT: As Russian football hooligans were being jailed in France so others, not content with stirring up trouble at Euro 2016, were also been arrested in Germany and Spain.
In Cologne seven Russian soccer fans beat up three Spanish tourists outside the cathedral, leading to the arrest of six of them. The group were reportedly returning to Moscow from the European Championship in France.
Authorities reported two of the Spaniards as seriously injured.
In Marseille three Russian fans were for involvement in weekend violance before and around the match against England.
Alexei Erunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were found guilty of “knowingly participating in a group” with a view to carrying out “deliberate violence against persons”.
Erunov, the director for fans relations at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, received a two year jail term. Gorbachev, head of a construction company in the central Russian city of Tula, was handed an 18 month sentence, while Morozov received a 12-month term.
All three face a two year ban from France upon their release from prison.
The sentences were passed on the same day French officials announced 20 more Russian fans would be deported because of what regional prefect Stephane Bouillon earlier called “their participation in skirmishes linked to the England v Russia game.”
This followed six Russian fans being arrested in Lille on Wednesday for their involvement in the violence that occurred before and after last Saturday’s match at the Stade Velodrome.
In belated recognition that Russia may have a hooligan problem, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has said the country will blacklist not only foreign but also its own troublemakers ahead of its hosting of the 2018 World Cup.
Dvorkovich said: “There must be blacklists. Those breaking the law must be barred from entry into the country and from attending matches. This refers to both our fans … and foreign ones.”