Russia is under a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 over stadium disturbances

  • Libyan Express + Agencies |
  • Tuesday 14 June 2016
Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Russia at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 11, 2016. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Russia at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 11, 2016. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

UEFA 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 Football Union of Russia €150,000. “This disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament,” said the UEFA disciplinary commission decision.

“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.

A number of Russian football supporters are being thrown out of France because it is feared they will cause trouble at future Euro 2016 matches. Authorities are checking the identities of 29 supporters at a hotel near Marseille, but authorities have already decided to take some of them to a holding centre at the border, local authorities told AFP.

A local official said French police are checking to see if any of the Russians are on a list of supporters “considered a risk”. It is believed the supporters intended to travel to the northern city of Lille, where Russia play Slovakia tomorrow.

The checks come after the English Football Association expressed concern that French authorities were not doing enough to crack down on Russian hooligans following the mass fighting between English and Russian supporters in Marseille. Several hundred English and Russian fans squared-off in Marseille before the Russia-England game, hurling beer bottles and chairs.

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