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Euro 2016: Behave or else exit, says UEFA

After ugly fan violence mars Group B tie on Saturday in Marseille, UEFA warn England and Russia of disqualification from Euro 2016 if their fans continue to misbehave

Paris: UEFA said yesterday that Russia and England could be thrown out of the European Championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.

Fans clash after the Euro Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday. Russian fans charged into the England supporters' section after the 1-1 draw. Pics/Getty Images, AFP
Fans clash after the Euro Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday. Russian fans charged into the England supporters' section after the 1-1 draw. Pics/Getty Images, AFP

The UEFA executive committee made a public "warning" in a statement which expressed "disgust for the violent clashes which occurred in the city of Marseille" this weekend.

Clashes break out in the stands after the 1-1 draw
Clashes break out in the stands after the 1-1 draw

On top of any punishment ordered by an investigation committee, the executive committee said "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."

Russian and English supporters clash at the Euro tie
Russian and English supporters clash at the Euro tie

Dozens of people were hurt in three days of clashes in Marseille and at the Stade Velodrome after the England-Russia match on Saturday which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Russian supporters attack an England fan. Pics/AP, PTI
Russian supporters attack an England fan. Pics/AP, PTI

UEFA earlier charged Russia with misconduct over the role of its fans in the unrest. Russia was charged with crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and letting off fireworks for its fans' part in the stadium trouble.

Fans try to escape from the stadium
Fans try to escape from the stadium

But UEFA also said mistakes were made segregating the rival supporters. Authorities are now on red alert for Russia's next game in Lille.

An England fan is restrained by police personnel in Marseille
An England fan is restrained by police personnel in Marseille

England's Group B game against Wales in nearby Lens on Thursday has already been classed as a high-risk game. The result of the inquiry and sanctions are to be announced on Tuesday.

An injured England fan is taken into police custody in Marseille
An injured England fan is taken into police custody in Marseille

FIFA slams 'shameful scenes' at Euro
FIFA yesterday strongly condemned the "shameful scenes" between "idiotic troublemakers" at the European Championship.

A man throws a bottle at English fans at a Marseille street
A man throws a bottle at English fans at a Marseille street

"FIFA strongly condemns any form of violence and finds it wholly unacceptable to see such shameful scenes."

Riots leave English fan battling for life

Marseille: An England football supporter was fighting for his life yesterday after clashes with Russian fans here, as violence hit the Euro 2016 tournament. An Englishman who had apparently been beaten around the head with an iron bar was left in a critical state in hospital and more than 30 other people were injured. Ten people, including English, Russian, French, German and Austrians nationals were arrested, police sources said.

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