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Russian Hooligans Get Suspended Sentences By German Court

A court in Germany has handed down suspended sentences of between 10 and 12 months to four Russian soccer hooligans.

The four were charged with beating two Spanish tourists and their guide in the city of Cologne in June.

The court ruling was issued on July 29 in the western state of North-Rhine Westphalia.

The men, who were not identified, were reportedly traveling back from Marseille, the site of violent clashes between Russian and English hooligans during the recent Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France.

German police had arrested the men soon after the attack, saying they acted in an "extremely aggressive and brutal manner."

The Russians "beat and kicked" their victims, leaving one seriously wounded, police said, without giving details on what sparked the attack.

Last month, a French court jailed three Russian soccer supporters over Euro 2016 unrest while a far-right Russian agitator was thrown out of the country.

Based on reporting by AFP