Russia has been given a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 by UEFA and fined after the violent clashes in Marseille last weekend.
The Russian team will be allowed to remain in the competition but has been warned that if there is further serious violence in stadiums then they will be kicked out. After Russia drew 1 – 1 with England last Saturday a group of hooligans charged at England fans inside the ground in the final minutes of the match.
Prior to the match there was three days of violence in the old port area of Marseille which resulted in dozens of injuries mainly to the visiting English fans.
In a statement UEFA said that, “Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against the RFU (Russian Football Union)”. UEFA has also fined the Russians £118,000.
UEFA’s decision only relates to incidents that happen inside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of the UEFA disciplinary bodies. While the decision may be appealed the Russians have said that they will not do so even though they believe the punishment is “excessive”.
Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s sports minister, said that they will be “following the decision of UEFA and there must be no other stance from the RFU. The punishment is excessive, but we cannot influence it. The fine is enormous as the Russian Football Union is a non-commercial organisation.”
If Russia were to be expelled from the competition UEFA has said that their results will be null and void.
Reacting to the warning the Russian coach Leonid Slutsky said that he is confident that the supporters will not behave in the same way again and that they will not do anything that leads to the team’s disqualification.