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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Disperse Spartak Fans Celebrating Title in Capital




Police were called out to disperse hundreds of Spartak Moscow fans who marched through the city center this weekend to celebrate the soccer club's third successive premier league title.


Thirteen people were arrested, 10 for drunkenness, police said Monday.


After Spartak Moscow clinched the Russian championship Sunday with a 3-1 home win over Shinnik Yaroslavl, fans progressed from Manezhnaya Ploshchad to the Foreign Ministry at the end of Stary Arbat.


Grass was uprooted on the square outside the Kremlin, and a store window was smashed on Stary Arbat.


Police said the crowd numbered between 200 and 500, while fan estimates put it closer to 2,000.


Police downplayed the celebrations, saying there was no danger of any serious violence. "It was nothing planned f they were just youths," said Alexander Cherednikov of the police press service. "Those who did try to provoke something were arrested."


Marches are a tradition for Spartak fans, who last took to the streets when the team won the Russian Cup earlier this year.


After this month's victory over European champion Real Madrid in the Champions League, fans ripped up seats and damaged toilets at Luzhniki Stadium. The club was fined $20,000.


Police say they have no plans for extra security for Spartak's match with Inter Milan on Nov. 4.


One Spartak fan f a Russian consultant with a U.S. law firm f said Sunday's march was generally peaceful.


"People just jumped up and danced ? and went home," said the fan, who didn't want to be identified.


"When some soccer team has become champion and people come together it's nothing that one window was broken," he said, adding that when he lived near the ground of English premier-league side Arsenal in London, "there was much worse after a normal game."