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Euro 2016: England fans are no angels, says Russia striker Dzyuba

Lille (France): Russia striker Artem Dzyuba yesterday hit out at English fans following trouble in Marseille, saying that they were being depicted as "angels" and that there were political motivations for blaming Russian supporters. "I dont really understand this kind of reaction of the British media. We have this impression that English supporters are like angels coming to this country and behaving themselves," Dzyuba said.

Supporters clash at the end of the Euro 2016 match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday. pic/afp
Supporters clash at the end of the Euro 2016 match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Russian fans crossed security barriers inside the Stade Velodrome and attacked England fans. The Zenit St Petersburg forward indicated that there was a campaign to take the 2018 World Cup away from the country. "I cannot affirm it, but it is possible, it is probable. We see the things that the British media are talking about, about the 2018 World Cup and that it should be taken away from Russia, so these are thoughts I have sometimes.

Artem Dzyuba
Artem Dzyuba

It is 50-50 and in every conflict there are two parts. I am not saying only Russians are at fault," added Dzyuba UEFA warns Russia Meanwhile, UEFA told Russia it would be kicked out of the European Championship if its fans cause more stadium trouble. Europe’s governing body ordered the "suspended disqualification" of the team and fined the Russian Football Union 150,000 euros ($170,000).

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said they accepted the UEFA ruling. "We will comply with UEFA’s decision. What other position can there be?" he said, before later describing the punishment as "excessive". 

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