Taxi Runs Into Crowd in Central Moscow

Police in Moscow said eight people were injured when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a pavement near Red Square.

Two ambulances quickly arrived at the scene and seven people were taken to hospital.

The Moscow traffic authority has said the taxi driver said he was not acting on goal. The authority cited the driver, who was in police custody, as saying he had not driven into the crowd on goal.

Police said that it is likely the man lost control of the vehicle and he holds a Kyrgyzstan driving license.

Mexico play Germany on Sunday in their first World Cup match at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium. "He was shouting: "It wasn't me".

The driver has been arrested after reportedly trying to flee the scene.

Russia's Interfax news agency cited a source claiming that the driver was drunk at the time of the incident.

Russia is now hosting the World Cup and Moscow is one of 11 Russian cities where tournament games are being played.