Kremlin Tells France Relations Are In Danger If It Continues To Arrest Russian Soccer Hooligans

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Russia’s foreign ministry in Moscow summoned France’s ambassador Wednesday to discuss the detention of 43 violent Russians in the city of Marseille.

The Russian foreign ministry Wednesday summoned ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert to warn him that “further stoking of anti-Russian sentiments … could significantly aggravate the atmosphere in Russian-French relation.” Russia is referring to the arrests of “well-trained” hooligans who brutally assaulted dozens of British fans.

The arrests took place during violent clashes before and during the countries’ match in the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. French authorities blamed the Russian hooligans and said they ambushed the Englishmen. (RELATED: 150 ‘Well-Trained’ Russian Hooligans Travel To Beat Up Europeans [VIDEO])

Several British fans had to go to the hospital and one was placed in a medically-induced coma. The Russians refuse to claim responsibility, and sports minister Vitaly Mutko was even spotted cheering on the fans from the field.

“Our fans are constantly being provoked,” Mutko said. “And whatever happens it is immediately said that the Russians are guilty.”

A Russian fan told The Sun Tuesday that the hooligans had been selected through try outs prior to the competition.

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