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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CSKA Head Blasts OMON




CSKA Moscow's president accused police Monday of using excessive force against fans during fighting at Saturday's premier division match at Saturn Ramenskoye.


The police denied the charge.


Russian soccer chiefs called an emergency hearing on the incident, the latest outbreak of violent clashes # fans and police this season.


Hundreds of CSKA fans clashed with police for a half hour during a match in Ramenskoye, a town about 40 kilometers from Moscow.


The fight began when riot police charged through some 4,000 CSKA supporters to stop fans throwing firecrackers onto the field. Several people, including two policemen, were taken to a hospital with serious head injuries.


"I have to say that the OMON [riot police] are totally to blame for what happened in Ramenskoye," CSKA president Shakhrudi Dadakhanov said.


"I was at the game and I saw with my own eyes how the OMON kicked, beat and used dogs against mostly 15- and 17-year-olds."


Ramenskoye police, however, denied using excessive force and said the matter was under investigation.


"We have videotaped the entire incident and we are prepared to prosecute those responsible for damage to property and hooliganism at the game," police Captain Nikolai Lazarev said.


The CSKA president saw the matter differently.


"I do not approve of the actions of some of our fans ... but that does not condone the police action," he said.


Russian soccer chiefs as well as the heads of the Moscow police and Interior Ministry will meet Wednesday to discuss the incident, a Russian Soccer Union spokesman said.