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Saturday, February 25, 2017

The leader of the Russian fans Spriggina was again detained in France, threatened with expulsion

The head of the Russian Association of fans (VOB) Alexander Spriggina was detained in the French Toulouse, during the next football match of Euro 2016 between the national teams of Russia and Wales – Monday, June 20. It is expected that he will be expelled from the country for the second time in less than a week.

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“I can confirm information about the detention of Alexander Spriggina. – said the “MK” the press-attache of the Russian Embassy in France Sergey PARINOV. – On-site (in Toulouse) is now the Consul General of Russia in Marseilles; our diplomats are in constant contact with the French authorities, and by Sprijinim: most likely, he faces expulsion from the country.”

As for the ban on the entry of the head of the VOB to France in the future, then, according to the press attache of the Russian Embassy, it is unclear whether such measures have been taken.

However, it is quite possible: “France is a sovereign state and has the right to deny entry to their territory any person whose presence is undesirable”, – said the diplomat.

Recall that Spragin was arrested again – informed the head of the VOB had been deported from France. “As I understand it, at the time of the first deportation the entry into the country is forbidden it was, the decision came into effect just on Monday (June 20, when Spragin was detained at the match Russia-the Wales – “MK”),” – said in an interview with “MK” Sergei Parinov.

The first time Spriggina and other members of EO, who was riding with him on the same bus, detained last week, June 14 – on the way to the match between Russia and Slovakia in Lille. A few days later the head of the VOB and several of his associates were deported from the country, and three of the detained were sentenced to prison terms, but Spragin decided almost immediately to return to France to attend the next game of the Russian national team – against Wales. Recall, the Russians lost to the Welsh by a score 0:3, which gave the team the end of the participation in Euro 2016.

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