: Guardian: Russia handed suspended Euro 2016 disqualification and fined €150,000

14:32 Jun. 14, 2016

Guardian: Russia handed suspended Euro 2016 disqualification and fined €150,000

A Russian fan cheers for his national team before the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, June 11, 2016 (AP Photo)

Further unrest could see side thrown out; coach slams ‘unethical' England fans

Russia will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there is a repeat of the crowd trouble seen at the Stade Vélodrome that marred their opening match with England in Marseille, Uefa has ruled. However the Russian striker Artem Dzyuba immediately responded that the English fans were no angels and equally to blame.

Dzyuba also criticised the British media for its coverage of the incidents in Marseille, claiming it was politically motivated and aimed at stripping Russia of its hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup.

Russia's coach, Leonid Slutsky, also criticised the "unethical" behaviour of England fans and said it was unfair to only blame the Russians. He said: "We do not know what happened on the streets, of course, but when the Russian national anthem was played and all the people were shouting, the English supporters, this was something not ethical at all. And all the gestures we received when we were on our bus on the way to the stadium from all these English supporters.

"Let's just say that supporters from all over the world are more or less the same. There are some people who come to the stadium in order to watch the game and to support their team. And there are some people who come to do some bad things and try to behave as bad as possible."

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Uefa's disciplinary committee, which rules on incidents inside the stadium, handed Russia a €150,000 fine and a suspended disqualification. It said any further incidents of violence inside a stadium would lead to the suspension being lifted and instant disqualification. Full story  

Sanctions imposed on Russian Football Union - UEFA official site

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