Vladimir Putin has dismissed the clans that resulted after the Russia v England match in Euro 2016.
Vladimir Putin makes light of the clash through a joke when he spoke in an economic forum in St. Petersburg.
“The fighting between Russian fans with the English, that is a disgrace. I don’t know how 200 Russian fans could beat several thousand of the British,” Putin said.
The media covering broke out in smiles and laughter after the comment, The Independent notes.
Last Wednesday, UEFA has already punished Russia’s team for the clash instigated by their fans. The case brought forward to the UEFA disciplinary body mentions crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behavior by the Russian fans.
The Russian team received a fine of €150,000 and a suspended disqualification for the clashes.
Though Putin joked about the clash, he did not take well how the French authorities handled the case.
While the Marseille clash which reached a 3-day fever high, French authorities had to resort to releasing tear gas to disperse the warring fans and gangs. Findings showed that the Russian fans used assault equipment in attacking English supporters.
In the height of the clash, some supporters fled in fear. Others suffered from injuries and needed hospitalization.
Some Russians were arrested and detained and some were even ejected out of the country.
While Putin made light of the clash and Russian’s numbers, he cried foul at the French authorities singling out Russians.
“And the way we treat the violators has to be the same. They have to all be equally treated,” he declared.
The Kremlin has already summoned French ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert for clarification over the arrests.
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