Vladimir Putin, the Russian president has stepped in the quagmire surrounding the violent clashes that broke out between supporters of Russia and England at the Euro 2016.
The Russian leader questioned how two hundred Russian supporters were able to beat up "several thousand" English football fans at Euro 2016.
Dozens of Russian fans were detained by French police after violence broke out between them and English supporters in Marseille.
Many Russian politicians have protested the arrests and called on the French authorities to deal with the situation by taking into account the role played by the English which led to the clashes in Marseille.
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Putin described the hooligan behaviour as a "disgrace", but has still to come to terms with how it happened.
He said at the country's annual economic forum in Saint Petersburg on Friday: "The fighting between Russian fans with the English, that is a disgrace.
"But I truly don't understand how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English," he wondered.
UEFA has handed Russia a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 whilst a French court sentenced three Russian fans for up to two years in jail with a further 20 people expected to be expelled on Saturday.