The Latest: 7 arrested for public disorder in Lille


PARIS (AP) — The Latest on from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):

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2 p.m.

Amid fears of violence, seven arrests for public disorder were made in an otherwise calm buildup to Russia’s match against Slovakia in Lille.

The French government’s top administrator in the region, Prefect Michel Lalande says “we won the first leg, now we have to win the second.”

Lalande says those arrested included Russians, Slovaks and a woman from Ukraine. Four of them will be deported in the coming days.

Speaking in the control center for Lille’s massive security operation involving more than 2,000 officers, Lalande says a priority is to ensure that Russian fans don’t cross paths with the English fans who are coming for Thursday’s game against Wales in nearby Lens.

Lalande says “we were promised a tsunami. Nothing happened.”

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1:40 p.m.

Croatia captain Darijo Srna is back at the European Championship after attending the funeral of his father.

The Croatia soccer federation says Srna has returned to the team base in Deauville. Srna was accompanied by coach Ante Cacic for the funeral in Croatia on Monday.

Srna was told of his father’s death after playing in a 1-0 win over Turkey in Paris on Sunday.

He should captain the team again when Croatia plays the Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne on Friday.

Srna’s 130 international appearances is a national record.

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1:35 p.m.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been picked for Sweden’s provisional squad for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Swedish soccer federation announced a 35-man squad on Wednesday, which will be trimmed to 22 for Rio, where Sweden plays Nigeria, Colombia and Japan in Group B.

Sweden under-21 coach Hakan Ericson, who manages the Olympic soccer team, says the chances that Ibrahimovic will be part of the final squad are “not so great, but there is still a hope.”

The 34-year-old Ibrahimovic, currently leading Sweden’s attack at the European Championship, is one of three players over 21 allowed for the Olympic team.

Ibrahimovic left Paris Saint-Germain after scoring a career-high 38 league goals this season and is widely expected to join Manchester United.

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1:10 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Moscow hopes that UEFA will give equal treatment to all those responsible for fan violence during the European Championship.

Dmitry Peskov also voiced hope Wednesday that the Euro 2016 will continue without any further “excesses.”

UEFA’s disciplinary body said Russia will be disqualified from the tournament if there is more fan violence inside stadiums in France after its fans attacked English supporters in Marseille after Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Speaking in a conference call with reporters, Peskov said “we hope for a fair treatment during investigation into all excesses, with equal attention given to all the parties who might have been involved.”

He added that he wouldn’t “infringe on or comment on UEFA’s jurisdiction.”

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11:45 a.m.

The roof of the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille will be closed when Russia plays Slovakia on Wednesday.

UEFA says a forecast for heavy rain prompted the decision to close the retractable roof before the 3 p.m. local time kickoff.

It’s not the first time a European Championship match will played indoors. Euro 2012 began in Warsaw with the National Stadium roof closed to protect the opening ceremony from a thunderstorm.

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda partly blamed “that sauna” for humid conditions after his team faded in the second half of a 1-1 draw with Greece that kicked off at 6 p.m.

The stadium in Lille previously hosted the 2014 Davis Cup final in tennis as an indoor venue.

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11:30 a.m.

Russia’s game against Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday is the first European Championship match not to sell all tickets.

UEFA says it has 1,100 tickets available in the top category at the 50,000-capacity Stade Pierre Mauroy.

The Category 1 tickets are listed for sale at 145 euros ($163).

The first 12 games at Euro 2016 sold all tickets available except for some seats in corporate hospitality boxes.

UEFA says it also has unsold seats for two matches in Lyon: 2,000 tickets for Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland on Thursday, and 1,000 for Romania vs. Albania on Sunday.

The total Euro 2016 capacity is 2.5 million for the 51 matches.