Paris: Russian football fans, detained after disorderly conduct in Marseilles during the Euro championship and deported from France, have taken a flight to Moscow, Russia's Consul General in Marseilles Sergei Molchanov said on Saturday.
Russia's football fans leader Alexander Shprygin holds a flag as he leaves with others fans the international airport Sheremetevo near Moscow. Pic/AFP
"We have got confirmation the plane has departed," he told TASS over telephone. "Now the fans may be welcomed in Moscow."
According to the most recent media reports, a total of 20 Russian football fans were eventually ordered to be deported from France, while 20 more were released from custody, reports TASS.
On Saturday morning, the police escorted the fans from Marseilles to the airport, from where they are now on an Aeroflot direct flight to Moscow.
According to earlier French media reports, a court in Marseilles ruled on Thursday to sentence three detained Russian football fans — Alexei Yerunov, Sergei Gorbachev and Nikolai Morozov, to prison terms between 12 and 24 months.