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EURO 2016

Two Spaniards hospitalised after Russian hooligan attack

A group of Spanish tourists suffered an unprovoked attack by Russian hooligans in Cologne, Germany, as fans were returning from the embattled streets of Euro 2016 in France.

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Two Spaniards hospitalised after Russian hooligan attack
LEON NEALAFP

Five Russians were detained after a brutal and unprovoked attack violence on the streets of Cologne in the east of Germany. Two Spanish tourists were set upon by the group, with one of the two left hospitalised in a critical condition. The police statement explained that the five 'hooligans' who are between 26 and 30 years old, had stopped at Cologne on their way back from Marseilles where they had attended Euro 2016.

At about 7pm the Russian group confronted the two Spaniards, who were accompanied by another woman, in a "brutal and aggressive manner", striking and kicking the two and leaving one man in hospital with serious injuries. Police in the area subdued and arrested the aggressors.

The Russian fans had planned to take a flight home from Cologne, the police unit in charge of sporting operations will now liaise with their French counterparts to see if the offenders are implicated or wanted in relation to the violence that happened in Marseilles during Euro 2016.

This attack comes on the back of an announcement that the French police have opened inquiries into a possible case of attempted murder on two English fans who were attacked by Russian fans, and a wake of violence and mayhem that saw Russia threatened with disqualification from the tournament.

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