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Saudi football fan said to have been swindled out of $250k

Russian authorities reportedly identify a Lebanese suspect over crime which happened in central Moscow

Saudi football fan said to have been swindled out of $250k
The incident happened the day before Saudi Arabia were to play Egypt in Volgograd in their final World Cup group phase match, which Saudi Arabia won 2-1. (AFP/Gerry Images)

A Saudi football fan has reportedly been swindled out of the equivalent of $250,000 in Russia.

Russian authorities have identified a Lebanese suspect, according to the Interfax news agency.

The Lebanese man had reportedly promised the Saudi fan that he would organise a flight from Moscow to the southern Russian city of Volgograd for him and his friends, the agency said, citing police.

Authorities believe the Saudi man gave the Lebanese suspect $110,000 and 120,000 euros in central Moscow on June 24,.

The incident happened the day before Saudi Arabia were to play Egypt in Volgograd in their final World Cup group phase match, which Saudi Arabia won 2-1.

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