UEFA hand Russia suspended disqualfication from Euro 2016

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UEFA have handed the Russia Football Union (RFU) a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 after fan violence marred their opening group game against England on Saturday.

An investigation was launched into fan trouble after Russians allegedly overpowered stewards and invaded the section occupied by England fans.

Live television cameras broadcast serious violence while those present claimed even women and children were caught up in the stampede caused by Russian hooligans. England fans that were able to escape did so by climbing over fences.

Now UEFA have announced that Russia will be thrown out of the tournament if similar scenes are repeated in or around the stadium in any of their next two group games. Russia have also been handed a €150,000 euro (£119,000) fine.

Russia play Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday with police already warned to expect trouble, especially as there is a large presence of England fans in nearby Lens, where their national team take on Wales.

UEFA's statement in full is below: 

The independent UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met today in Paris to deal with the disciplinary proceedings opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) following the incidents which occurred inside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, at the UEFA EURO 2016 match against England on 11 June (1-1).

Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against the RFU, and the CEDB decided to impose the following sanctions:

  • A fine of €150,000.-
  • 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 decisions of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is open to appeal.

This decision only relates to the incidents which occurred inside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of the UEFA Disciplinary Bodies.

*Article 20 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

  • All disciplinary measures may be suspended, with the exception of: warnings; reprimands; bans on all football-related activities; disciplinary measures related to match-fixing, bribery and corruption.
  • The probationary period must be a minimum of one year and a maximum of five. This period may be extended in exceptional circumstances.
  • If a further offence is committed during the probationary period, the competent disciplinary body, as a rule, orders that the original disciplinary measure be enforced. This may be added to the disciplinary measure imposed for the new offence.

England warned

While England were not officially under investigation, UEFA have warned the Football Association that they too face disqualification if fan violence continues. England's travelling contingent caused damage and destruction in the city centre of Marseille prior to Saturday's match with UEFA later confirming they can only take action on incident in or around the stadium.

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