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Russia: 'Gentlefan' - FC Rostov fans greet Man U fans with welcoming blankets01:40

Russia: 'Gentlefan' - FC Rostov fans greet Man U fans with welcoming blankets

Russian Federation, Rostov-On-Don
March 10, 2017 at 13:35 GMT +00:00 · Published

FC Rostov fans gifted visiting Manchester United fans with welcoming blankets at the Olimp-2 stadium in Rostov, on Thursday night, ahead of their Europa League clash, in an attempt to enhance the image of Russian football fans.

One FC Rostov fan noted that "a lot of negative attention has been pouring in lately, especially towards [football] fans" before adding that "[FC] Rostov fans have come up with this initiative in order to reduce hostility and negativity and meet Manchester United [FC] fans with warmth and soul."

Reports of Russian fan violence proliferated after the behaviour of some fans at the Euros with a recent BBC documentary discussing the likelihood of violence at the World Cup and this year's Confederation’s Cup.

The match between Manchester United and FC Rostov took place on Thursday night and finished with 1-1 draw. The second leg of the fixture will be played at Manchester United's stadium, Old Trafford, on March 16.

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FC Rostov fans gifted visiting Manchester United fans with welcoming blankets at the Olimp-2 stadium in Rostov, on Thursday night, ahead of their Europa League clash, in an attempt to enhance the image of Russian football fans.

One FC Rostov fan noted that "a lot of negative attention has been pouring in lately, especially towards [football] fans" before adding that "[FC] Rostov fans have come up with this initiative in order to reduce hostility and negativity and meet Manchester United [FC] fans with warmth and soul."

Reports of Russian fan violence proliferated after the behaviour of some fans at the Euros with a recent BBC documentary discussing the likelihood of violence at the World Cup and this year's Confederation’s Cup.

The match between Manchester United and FC Rostov took place on Thursday night and finished with 1-1 draw. The second leg of the fixture will be played at Manchester United's stadium, Old Trafford, on March 16.

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