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Mutko claims "there was no clash" at the Stade Velodrome.

Vitaly Mutko claims "there was no clash" between Russia and England fans

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Horrific scenes of violence ensued upon the final whistle of England’s clash with Russia at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday night.

Footage showed Russian fans charging at and sparking mass brawls with English supporters in the stands, with a flare gun used to signal their attack.

UEFA have now opened official disciplinary proceedings against Russia, but it would seem they have an entirely different view on their fans’ behaviour in Marseille.

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According to the Telegraph, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko believes last night’s violence has been “exaggerated”, and sensationally claimed “there was no clash”.

He said: “There was no clash… That’s being exaggerated.

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“In fact, everything is fine here. When the match ended there was no barrier between the fans.

“The British were upset, of course, but it all quickly dissolved.

“Such matches should be organised properly. It is necessary to separate the fans [at the stadium]. The bad thing is that there were firecrackers and flares.

“There were no nets. One must understand these things.”

Separate footage also appeared to show Mutko cheering on Russia's out of control fans.

Russia’s representatives appear to be taking a blinkered approach to the violence and instead blame the tournament’s security.

Aleksandr Shprigin, head of the Russia football fans’ union, added: “There was no clash. The entire English sector… Just got up and ran away.

“There were no scuffles, police were standing there. Everything is ok. The police are working well.”

Russia will now await their fate, with UEFA unlikely to take the fans' actions lightly.

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