Euro 2016: Russia given suspended disqualification

Russia will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there is further crowd trouble at their remaining matches.

Uefa, European football’s governing body, has given Russia a suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro (£119,000) fine for disorder at the game against England in Marseille.

Russia were also charged for fan racism and lighting fireworks at the match.

Groups of Russia fans are being deported from France after repeated scenes of violence at Euro 2016.

The suspended disqualification and fine relate only to incidents that happened inside the stadium.

The decision is open to appeal, but Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko indicated that would not happen.

Mukto, who is also president of the Russian Football Union, said the country will comply with Uefa’s decision, adding: “What other position can there be?

French police blamed 150 “well-trained” Russian hooligans for clashes before England drew 1-1 with Russia on Saturday.

Six England fans were jailed on Monday for their roles in the disorder.

Over three days of disorder in Marseille, 35 people were injured – most of them England fans – and a total of 20 people were arrested.

Further trouble between England and Russia fans is anticipated given that both set to gather in Lille this week.

Russia play Slovakia in the city on Wednesday, while England fans will gather there ahead of Thursday’s match against Wales in the nearby town of Lens.

French authorities have pledged to increase security in Lens by deploying 2,400 police, gendarmes, security guards and a riot squad.

Drinking alcohol in the streets has also been banned.

But Greg Dyke, chairman of the English Football Association, has expressed “serious concerns” about security in neighbouring Lille.

The British government has already said will send more British police officers trained in football disorder to France ahead of the match.

Russia has been in trouble with Uefa in the past.

It was handed a six-point deduction, suspended for three and a half years, after supporters behaved badly during Euro 2012.


source: bbc