Putin questions how 200 Russians 'beat up' thousands of English

Published 17.06.2016 21:37
Updated 17.06.2016 21:39

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called the football hooligan violence at Euro 2016 a "disgrace" but questioned how Russian fans could have overpowered a far larger contingent of English supporters.

"The fighting between Russian fans with the English, that is a disgrace," he said at Russia's annual economic forum in Saint Petersburg.

"But I truly don't understand how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English," he said, to laughs and applause from the audience.

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