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Wales Football Fans Outraged After 32 Arrested in Armenia

Thirty-two Wales football fans were arrested in Yerevan on Friday prior to a European Championships qualifying game in the Armenian capital.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed that the fans had been arrested, this according to the BBC.

Supporter Lefi Gruffudd described his anger, saying it was a total shock after he was arrested with a group of friends following an pleasant night in the city.

Another fan suggested that many of those arrested were put against a wall and teased about getting six-month sentences.

"The three of us were walking back towards the hotel last night quite late and police cars came straight up to us, took us into their cars, arrested us, kept us in custody until 3.30 this afternoon [Saturday]," Mr. Gruffudd told the BBC.

"They chucked us into the back of a police car essentially and then even in the police car were quite violent in terms of striking myself in the face, in the back seats when I was talking, so it was a bit of a traumatic experience,” Gruffudd alleged.

Wales' hopes of qualifying automatically for Euro 24 suffered a potentially critical blow as they were held to a 1-1 draw in their penultimate Group D match against Armenia on Saturday.

Update: The Armenian Internal Affairs Ministry issued a statement today claiming the Welsh football fans were arrested for fighting and hooliganism while under the influence of alcohol.

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