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Russian football fans arrested

Russian police clash with Zenit St Petersburg fans
Some 8,000 Zenit fans were at the match

Police in Moscow have arrested nearly 700 football fans during a game between Moscow Spartak and Zenit St Petersburg.

The violence at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium happened at the start of the country's Premier League season.

More than 500 of those arrested were Zenit fans, detained after they threw seats at Spartak supporters.

Fireworks and smoke cartridges were also set off among the 52,000 spectators. About 3,000 police officers were on duty.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Zenit are the current Uefa Cup champions and former Premier League title holders.

The Russian Premier League began in 2001. Its international profile is likely to increase this season as some matches are being shown for the first time on satellite in the US and Canada.

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