Russia: Football fans jailed in France after Euro clashes released from prison 01:37

Russia: Football fans jailed in France after Euro clashes released from prison

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 18, 2017 at 06:03 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two Russian football fans who were imprisoned after clashing with British supporters during the Euros in Marseille in June, arrived in Moscow after being freed from jail in France, Tuesday.

Sergei Gorbachev and Alexei Erunov arrived at Sheremetyevo airport where they spoke to press following their release.

Gorbachev rated the conditions in French jail as "between two and three" out of ten, but said that the police officers overall treated them well.

Erunov said that he thought that their sentence was a part of the "political situation" and that the police didn't have evidence that they took part in the clashes.

The fans were detained following mass riots in Marseille before the Russia-England game at the Euro 2016 football championship. They were taken into custody alongside 41 other Russian football fans after 35 people were injured during the clashes.

Gorbachev was initially sentenced to 18 months, while Erunov was expected to serve for 24. A third fan, Nikolai Morozov, was convicted for 12 months but deported back to Russia at the end of December.

Russia: Football fans jailed in France after Euro clashes released from prison 01:37
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Two Russian football fans who were imprisoned after clashing with British supporters during the Euros in Marseille in June, arrived in Moscow after being freed from jail in France, Tuesday.

Sergei Gorbachev and Alexei Erunov arrived at Sheremetyevo airport where they spoke to press following their release.

Gorbachev rated the conditions in French jail as "between two and three" out of ten, but said that the police officers overall treated them well.

Erunov said that he thought that their sentence was a part of the "political situation" and that the police didn't have evidence that they took part in the clashes.

The fans were detained following mass riots in Marseille before the Russia-England game at the Euro 2016 football championship. They were taken into custody alongside 41 other Russian football fans after 35 people were injured during the clashes.

Gorbachev was initially sentenced to 18 months, while Erunov was expected to serve for 24. A third fan, Nikolai Morozov, was convicted for 12 months but deported back to Russia at the end of December.