Thursday 29 September 2016

Russia don't fear crowd trouble

Idependent.ie News desk

Published 15/06/2016 | 02:30

“We are sure that our supporters will not give (UEFA) any reasons to disqualify our team,” said Slutski. Photo: Getty Images
“We are sure that our supporters will not give (UEFA) any reasons to disqualify our team,” said Slutski. Photo: Getty Images

Russia boss Leonid Slutski is confident fans will not repeat offences which could see the team thrown out of Euro 2016 after UEFA imposed a suspended disqualification on the country yesterday following crowd trouble against England.

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"We are sure that we are not going to be kicked out, there will be no injustice," Slutski said ahead of today's group clash in Lille against Slovakia, who lost their opening game 2-1 to Wales.

Masked Russia supporters were involved in altercations with England fans inside and outside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, and UEFA said Russia would be expelled from the tournament if similar incidents happened inside the stadium at any of their matches, having also fined the RFU €150,000.

"We are sure that our supporters will not give (UEFA) any reasons to disqualify our team," said Slutski.

"We have addressed them through a public statement asking them to behave and I would like to do the same again. We need their support but it has to be within a legal framework."

Slutski also said Russia were the victims of a political campaign aimed at exonerating other fans involved in violence.

"I don't understand the reaction of the British media, they are portraying England fans like angels," he said.

Irish Independent

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