10/31/2013 06:44 pm ET

Russian Cup Soccer Game Suspended After Crowd Goes Crazy (VIDEO)

And you thought Red Sox fans were rowdy!

A Russian Cup game didn't go as planned Wednesday when the crowd got out of control and soccer fans started causing mayhem inside the stadium.

In a video of the scene, fans can be seen setting off flares in the stands and fighting with police officers. The match between Spartak Moscow and Shinnik Yaroslavl was suspended in the second half after violence from Spartak fans reached a tipping point.

Riot police were called in and used water cannons and smoke grenades to subdue the crowds. According to Reuters, 78 fans were detained for crowd violence.

"We believe that it was a planned provocation," Nikolay Trifonov, head of the interior ministry in the Yaroslavl region, said during a news conference. "We have no complaints about the Shinnik fans, all the provocations came from Spartak fans."

This recent incident of hooliganism does not bode well for Russia, which is set to host the World Cup in 2018. Over the summer, Russian legislatures passed a law governing fan behavior, in an attempt to curb such outrageous displays, notes the Agence France-Presse. The legislation, which includes fines and bans from sporting events, goes into effect January 2014.



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