Sunday 4 December 2016

Russia handed 'suspended disqualification' from Euro 2016 over Marseilles violence

Published 14/06/2016 | 12:03

Tempers flare in the stands between Russia and England fans during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille on Saturday
Tempers flare in the stands between Russia and England fans during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille on Saturday
Russia have been handed a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 over crowd disturbances at the game against England in Marseille on Saturday, UEFA has announced. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Russia have received a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and been fined 115,000 euros for crowd disorder by their fans during the 1-1 draw with England in Marseille.

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The Russian Football Union (RFU) were charged in relation to offences of crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour inside the Stade Velodrome on Saturday.

UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body met in Paris to consider the case and imposed the suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro financial penalty.

However, any further incidents of crowd disturbance inside grounds at Russia's matches during the European Championships will see the suspension lifted and the country thrown out of Euro 2016.

The sanctions against the RFU were outlined in a statement by the independent control, ethics and disciplinary body, in which it confirmed: "A suspended disqualification of the Russian national team from UEFA EURO 2016 for the crowd disturbances.

"In accordance with Article 20 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations this disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament.

"Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament."

The decision only relates to incidents which occurred inside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of the UEFA disciplinary bodies. The decision is open to appeal.

France wants to deport almost 50 Russian football fans, Alexander Shprygin, the head of a Russian supporters' group, said on Tuesday, saying French riot police had stopped a bus carrying fans in Cannes who were on their way to Lille.

"They want to deport almost 50 people including women who did not take part in anything," Shprygin, president of the Russian Supporters Union, told Reuters by phone.

"The police are making up for their mistakes three days ago. We are in a bus in Cannes and we have been blocked in by riot police. We are not going anywhere for the time being."

He later said the Russian consul had arrived on the scene, preventing what he said was a planned storming of the bus by the police.

There was no immediate comment from French authorities, who have said about 150 hard-core Russian fans took part in serious violence after Saturday's clashes around the England-Russia game in Marseille at the Euro 2016 tournament.

A Russian MP and executive member of the country's football union has praised Russian thugs at the Euro 2016.

Igor Lebedev posted on Twitter: "I don't see anything wrong with the fans fighting. Quite the opposite, well done lads, keep it up!"

On the pitch, Russia return to action on Wednesday afternoon against Slovakia in Lille.

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