Russia summoned France’s ambassador to protest over the arrest of Russian supporters at the Euro 2016 football tournament which has been tarnished by hooligan unrest. Amid a growing crackdown on violence at the matches, French authorities announced late Wednesday that six more Russians had been taken into custody, while three other Russians and a Ukrainian were to be deported. The detention of his country’s supporters on a bus in southern France was branded by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as “absolutely unacceptable.” “The Russian foreign ministry summoned the French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert,” the ministry said, warning that “further stoking of anti-Russian sentiments… could significantly aggravate the atmosphere in Russian-French relations.” It accused France of carrying out “discriminatory and indiscriminate measures against Russian citizens”. But France has hit back with Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault vowing that the arrested fans would be treated fairly. “Whether they’re Russians, British, they will be treated in the same way by French justice. Most of them behave peacefully, with dignity, with a love of the sport,” he said during a visit to Germany. French police swooped on a group of 43 Russian supporters near Marseille on Tuesday and took them into custody over clashes before and during Russia’s match against England on Saturday.
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