Russia and England warned over violence

UEFA has threatened both Russia and England with disqualification from Euro 2016 if their respective fans repeat the violence seen in Marseille on Saturday.

European football’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union (RFS) in the wake of the ugly scenes that marred the Group B clash at Stade Velodrome.

The Russian supporters are under investigation for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and setting off fireworks inside the stadium. A large section of their fanbase behind the Three Lions goal approached the opposition zone after the final whistle and threw objects at the England support.

UEFA warned the RFS “it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions” after expressing “utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city centre of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.”

The statement added: “We urge both the FA and the RFS to appeal to their supporters to behave in a responsible and respectful manner.

“We would also like to publicly voice our support for the work of the French authorities and security forces for their efforts to deliver a safe and secure tournament in challenging circumstances.

“UEFA acknowledges that there were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities.”

No action has been brought against the English Football Association as of yet.

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