Lavrov also complained about the arrest by French police of a group of Russians fans on Tuesday, saying French authorities had failed to inform Russian diplomats about the incident despite having an obligation to do so under worldwide law, the Interfax news agency reported.
“We expect over 10,000 fans just in the city centre today, Russian people, Slovakian people, French people, Welsh people and English people – so it is a major operation”, he said.
The RFU accepted the ruling by UEFA’s disciplinary committee which followed crowd disorder inside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille Saturday in the Group B match between Russian Federation and England.
Russian soccer officials have urged their fans to behave to avoid being kicked out of the European Championship by UEFA.
With the European Championship host country on alert after Russian and English fans fought pitched battles in Marseille on Saturday, authorities have vowed to “flood” the streets with police.
England plays Wales in the nearby city of Lens on Thursday. We had people at the other game (England against Russia). “There are now 48 people we have images of. and we will be seeking banning orders on them once we have identified them and they return to the U.K”.
France has moved to deport 20 Russian football fans, including Russian Fans’ Union leader Alexander Shprygin over the violent clashes in Marseille, the union’s press service said in a statement Wednesday.
A top football cop has dismissed suggestions that the violence seen at Euro 2016 could spark trouble at domestic games next season.
Violence also flared in the stadium following their 1-1 draw, prompting UEFA to warn Russian Federation it would be thrown out of the European Championship finals if there was more trouble.
Some supporters denied the Russian journalist’s claims that the two later brawls involved English fans.
The fresh attack comes after Uefa handed Russian Federation a suspended disqualification from the tournament following the crowd disturbances at the game against the Three Lions in Marseille on Saturday.
He also called the behavior of some Russian fans who bring flare guns to the matches unacceptable.
The ministry said the decision by the Marseille prosecutor to hold the Russians for 48 hours pending investigation was “discriminatory”.
But tensions between the two supports were once more evident, with England and Wales fans teaming up to sing “we’re England and Wales, f**k off Russia” outside a bar.
They blamed 150 “well-trained” Russian hooligans for clashes before England played Russia in Marseille at the weekend.
“The Russian fans were pretty frightening”.
Slutsky said: “We are sure we are not going to be kicked out”.
One Russian supporter told AFP: “If the English are courageous enough to come, we’ll crush them”.
He added: “We will have a strong police presence with more than 1,200 police officers present in Lens and you can add 1,200 more with the private security that will be mobilised that day”. Supermarkets will be banned from selling any alcohol from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Friday, Buccio said.