French police crack down on Russian football fans

French police crack down on Russian football fans

Russian football fans are facing police checks and a UEFA investigation after violent clashes with English supporters during the country's opening Euro 2016 match in Marseille on Saturday, the Moscow Times reports.

40 armed policemen raided the hotel hosting the Russian Supporters' Union on Monday, taking photos and copying documents, the union representative Alexander Shprygin wrote on Twitter.

The raids come after Russian fans broke through barriers and attacked English supporters after the European Championship match between the two national teams ended in a 1-1 draw.
The BBC reported that clashes after the match was triggered by a flare being fired from a Russian section of the stadium. The brawls were finally stopped by stewards.

European football's governing body UEFA warned both Russia and England that their national teams would be disqualified if clashes continued.