Sunday, 12 June 2016

England and Russia face Euro 2016 disqualification if violence continues.

  • England's draw with Russia descended into chaos following final whistle
  • Russian supporters rushed into the England end to spark violent clashes
  • UEFA have charged Russia and they will discover their fate on Tuesday

England and Russia face being thrown out of Euro 2016 if the violent scenes from their competition opener in Marseille continue, UEFA have warned.
European football's governing body charged the Russians with 'crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and setting off of fireworks' on Sunday but England have now been issued with a warning, too.
UEFA's executive committee say their disciplinary arm: 'will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association (FA) and Russian Football Union (RFU) including potential disqualification... should such violence occur again.' 
England fans flee from Russia supporters inside the Stade Velodrome during Saturday night's draw 

England fans flee from Russia supporters inside the Stade Velodrome during Saturday night's draw 
Russian fans broke through security in Marseille at the end of the game, attacking England fans in the ground

Russian fans broke through security in Marseille at the end of the game, attacking England fans in the ground

A Russian fan wearing a balaclava rushes towards an England supporter as violence kicked off at full-time

A Russian fan wearing a balaclava rushes towards an England supporter as violence kicked off at full-time
England fans were the ones to come under attack inside the ground and the English FA have not been charged

England fans were the ones to come under attack inside the ground and the English FA have not been charged
The FA have also been told to inform England's travelling fans of their responsibility to behave in France this summer.
UEFA's statement reads: 'The UEFA Executive Committee would like to express its disgust for the violent clashes which occurred in the city of Marseille.
'Such unacceptable behaviour by so-called supporters of the national teams of England and Russia has no place in football, a sport we must protect and defend.
'The UEFA Executive Committee has warned both football associations that – irrespective of any decisions taken by the independent disciplinary bodies relating to incidents inside the stadium – it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association (FA) and the Russian Football Union (RFU), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again.
'We urge both the FA and the RFU 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.' 

One England fan tries to flee from a pair of Russian attackers as he is grabbed by the shirt

One England fan tries to flee from a pair of Russian attackers as he is grabbed by the shirt

UEFA'S RUSSIA CHARGE LIST 

UEFA said in a statement: 'Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage match between England and Russia (1-1) in Marseille.
Charges against the Football Union of Russia:
  • Crowd disturbances (Art. 16 (2) Disciplinary Regulations)
  • Racist behaviour (Art. 14 DR)
  • Setting off of fireworks (Art. 16 (2) DR)
This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 14 June.
Balaclava-clad Russian thugs - wearing gum shields - charged at their English counterparts at the final whistle - as well as firing a flare gun into the England fans. 
Russian fans smuggled fireworks, smoke bombs and flares into the stadium prompting questions over what would appear to be a major security breach.
Four years ago, UEFA deferred a stadium ban sanction that would have ordered Russia to play three home Euro 2016 qualifying games behind closed doors.
The stadium ban would have been activated if fan violence during qualifying matches was repeated.
UEFA had initially threatened Russia with a six-point deduction in Euro 2016 qualifying but that was removed when the Russian FA appealed.
Saturday's game was Russia's first UEFA fixture since the lifting of the suspended sanction.
The violent clashes inside the stadium followed three days of disorder in Marseille, with at least 44 people wounded in the build-up to the powderkeg fixture. 

Fighting broke out all day in the port city of Marseille, where Russia and England fans clashed with each other and police.
Although UEFA holds national federations responsible for their fans' behaviour inside stadiums, it typically does not act on incidents elsewhere.
Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said most of the injuries in Marseille were minor but that four were serious and that one of them - an England supporter - was in serious but stable condition.
England fans flee in their droves as Russian hooligans chase hundreds of supporters across the stands

England fans flee in their droves as Russian hooligans chase hundreds of supporters across the stands
A group of riot police officers restrain a fan among broken beer bottles after three days of fighting in Marseille

A group of riot police officers restrain a fan among broken beer bottles after three days of fighting in Marseille
Nunez also said 15 people have been arrested, seven on Saturday and eight more Sunday.
On the pitch, England were denied all three points in the opener by Vasili Berezutski's equaliser two minutes into second half stoppage time.
Eric Dier had given the dominant Three Lions the lead with a brilliant free-kick but Russia struck back to claim a point as Roy Hodgson's team fell back.
Riot police police used a water cannon to blast jets into crowds  in order to separate gangs into different streets

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