Paris: Russia will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there is further crowd trouble at their remaining tournament matches. Uefa, European football’s governing body, has given Russia a suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro (£119,000) fine for disorder in the game against England in Marseille.
Russia were charged over fan racism and fireworks being set off at the game. Groups of Russia fans are being deported from France after repeated scenes of violence at Euro 2016.
The suspended disqualification and fine only relate to incidents that happened inside the stadium. The decision is open to appeal. French police blamed 150 “well-trained” Russian hooligans for clashes before England played Russia on Saturday. Six England fans were jailed on Monday for their roles in the disorder.
Thirty-five people have been injured – most of them England fans and four seriously – while a total of 20 people were arrested after three days of disorder in Marseille. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke expressed “serious concerns” about security in Lille, where England fans and Russian supporters are set to gather over the next three days.
England fans are likely to travel to Lille before Thursday’s match against Wales in the nearby smaller town of Lens, while Russia play Slovakia in the city itself on Wednesday.