12 Dec 2010

Football fans, troops clash in Moscow, some injured

6:12 am on 12 December 2010

Several football fans have been injured in Moscow in clashes with Interior Ministry troops that broke out during a rally in memory of a Spartak Moscow supporter killed a week ago.

A number of passers-by, who appeared to be members of ethnic minorities from the Caucasus, were also injured after being attacked by the fans, a Reuters witness said.

Thousands of young men gathered at an unsanctioned rally on Manezh Square near the Kremlin in memory of Yegor Sviridov, 28, shot dead during a fight in northwest Moscow on Sunday night.

Several suspects, believed to be from the Caucasus, have been detained in the murder case.