Saturday 14 December 2019

Video: Russia and England fans filmed brawling on the streets of Lille

A Russian football supporter lobs a chair towards England fans sitting in a cafe in the northern city of Lille
England and Wales fans react after some scuffles with Russian supporters outside a pub in Lille
England and Wales fans react after some scuffles with Russian supporters outside a pub in Lille
Russian football fans taunt English and Welsh fans in Lille
England and Wales fans react after some scuffles with Russian supporters outside a pub in Lille
England and Wales supporters gather outside a pub shortly before a drinking ban comes into effect in Lille
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Russia and England fans have been involved in fresh brawls in Lille as French authorities step up security measures around the French city.

Police intervened with pepper spray as two sets of supporters exchanged blows late last night, with one English fan filmed taken a series of blows in the melee.

One man - believed to be either English or Welsh - has been pictured lying on the ground outside a bar after the Russian Ultras threw missiles.

While Russia have been threatened with expulsion from the competition should there be anymore trouble inside the stadiums from their fans, UEFA is powerless to impose sanctions on their behaviour outside the grounds.

England will play Wales in Lens on Thursday while Russia face Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday and with the cities just 23 miles apart, there are concerns that Russian hooligans will again target the English following the serious violence that engulfed Marseille last week.

Last night's fighting comes just hours after Russian thugs launched an attack on a bar full of English and Welsh fans.

Both English and Welsh fans have been in jovial form all day in the French city, drinking and singing together.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) were today 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 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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