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Tension as England, Russia fans meet again

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>> Russian and English soccer fans are gathering in the northern French city of Lille. There is high security in the city, following clashes between both sets of fans in the south of France over the weekend, that has put Russia on the verge of disqualification from the championship. I'm Alastair McDonald, Reuters correspondent at the Russia versus Slovakia match in Lille.
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The prefect at this part of France has declared saturation policing in the center of Lille, and there is an alcohol ban in this city and the nearby town of Lens. The atmosphere in the city so far has been relatively good natured. The Russian and Slovakian fans gathering for this Group B game are generally getting on well.
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England fans are here to play Wales. On Thursday until Wednesday evening when both Russians and English will be in the main regional capital Lille is posing considerable security threats. The Russian fans have made a name for themselves at this tournament. They have modeled themselves on English supporters of the 1970s and 80s who had their own terrible reputation for violence.
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But they have also dressed themselves in the nationalist colors of Russian president Vladimir Putin. And indeed they got some unlikely support today when the foreign minister Sergei Lavrov declared that Russian supporters and Russia in general could not ignore the abuse and the insults that were directed at them by English supporters.
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But at the same time Russia, the host of the next World Cup in two years time, is on notice, is on it's last warning that any repeat of the kind of violence that was seen in the center of Marseilles at the weekend will be punished by disqualification for this tournament.