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Russia Face Euro 2016 Expulsion, Fined €150k Over Violence

Russia Face Euro 2016 Expulsion, Fined €150k Over Violence

Russia could be thrown out of Euro 2016 after governing body UEFA handed them a suspended disqualification and a €150,000 fine on Tuesday.

There were running battles on the streets of Marseille before Saturday’s 1-1 draw against England and trouble continued inside the stadium after full-time.

Russia fans stormed England supporters at the ground following their last-gasp equaliser, forcing many to run for safety.

 UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body met in Paris to consider the case and imposed the suspended disqualification and a €150,000 financial penalty.

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 However, any further incidents of crowd disturbance inside grounds at Russia’s matches during the European Championships will see the suspension lifted and the country thrown out of Euro 2016.

Earlier this week UEFA warned both England and Russia they could be thrown out of the tournament.

A statement read: “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.”

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said the FA is treating the threat with the “utmost seriousness”.

“We understand the potential implications of our supporters’ actions and wholly accept that every effort needs to be made by The FA to positively urge them to act in a responsible and respectful way.

“Violent scenes like those witnessed over the weekend in Marseille have no place in football, nor society as a whole.”

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