Russia football team will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there is a repeat of the crowd trouble seen during the tournament. Clashes between Russia and England supporters in Marseille as their teams drew 1-1 in opening match.
Europe’s governing body declared Russia responsible for the stadium disturbances, racist chanting and fireworks thrown during the Russia-England game in Marseille on Saturday. It ordered the “suspended disqualification” of the team and fined the Russian Football Union 150,000 euros ($170,000).
Russia’s fans were also involved in violent clashes with England supporters in the port city before and after the match.
“Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against the RFU (Russian Football Union),” UEFA said in a statement, adding its ethics committee had imposed a suspended disqualification and fine.
“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,” it added.
Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against Russia.
UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body met in Paris to consider the case and imposed the suspended disqualification and financial penalty. 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. The sanctions against the RFU were outlined in a statement by the independent control, ethics and disciplinary body.