UEFA launch official disciplinary proceedings against Russia after fan violence

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UEFA have launched disciplinary proceedings against Russia after their fans were accused of storming England fans following the final whistle of the Euro 2016 game in Marseille.

Russia grabbed an unlikely point after Vasili Berezutski scored a last-minute equaliser, cancelling out Eric Dier's free-kick. However, the joy of drawing was not enough to distract Russian fans intent on causing trouble.

As soon as the final whistle blew, a large group of Russian fans overpowered stewards and entered the section occupied by England fans. Distressing scenes saw those fans scrambling away and climbing fences to escape while some were caught up in violent exchanges.


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Now, UEFA have confirmed they will investigate the events at the Stade Vélodrome and will announce their decision on Tuesday, before Russia's next game against Slovakia.

Rob Harris, from the Association Press, tweeted: "BREAKING: UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Russia for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, fireworks being set off.

"UEFA not opened disciplinary proceedings against English FA over Marseille, only Russia.

"UEFA will decide any sanctions on Tuesday for Russians after they were charged over crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, fireworks set off."

There is a chance that Russia could be thrown out of the tournament although a reprimand is most likely.


There had been a number of violent clashes between the fans in the build-up to the game with some sources claiming two England fans were in a critical condition after being attacked by an organised group of Russian "ultras".

UEFA confirmed that they would only take action on fan violence if it occurred in or around the stadium, meaning they will not investigate alleged attacks in the town centre.

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