Football fans, police clash in central Moscow

12:32, December 12, 2010      

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Football fans and right wing protesters rally in central Moscow December 11, 2010. Several football fans were injured in Moscow on Saturday in clashes with Interior Ministry troops that broke out during a rally in memory of Spartak Moscow supporter Yegor Sviridov who was killed a week ago. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
More than 2000 football fans protesting the death of a fan clashed with police near Red Square in central Moscow Saturday.

Crowds of fans, who began to gather on the Manezh square earlier Saturday, attempted to break through a police cordon. They threw metal fences, bottles, and flares at police, damaging several streetlamps and a Christmas tree on the square, the Interfax news agency reported.

Russian TV pictures showed policemen and interior forces used special equipment to disperse the angry fans.

The RIA Novosti news agency reported that three people from North Caucasus region were injured after being attacked by football hooligans during the clash.

Some fans also clashed with police in a Moscow metro station, when the police tried to stop them attacking a man of apparently North Caucasian appearance, Interfax reported.

The fans were protesting the death of Yegor Sviridov, a 28-year-old supporter of the Spartak club, who was killed during a mass brawl between football fans by four shots from a rubber-bullet pistol Monday. The police have detained a suspect from the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkar.

About 1000 Spartak fans blocked a busy road in Moscow Tuesday to protest his death.

Source: Xinhua

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