Russia receive suspended disqualification from Euro 2016

Fans clash at the England v Russia match in Marseille. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Fans clash at the England v Russia match in Marseille. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

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Russia have received a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and been fined 115,000 euros for crowd disorder by their fans during the 1-1 draw with England in Marseille.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) was charged in relation to offences of crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour inside the Stade Velodrome on Saturday.

Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body met in Paris to consider the case and imposed the suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro 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.

Russia’s next game is on Wednesday afternoon against Slovakia in Lille.

The sanctions against the RFU were outlined in a statement by the independent control, ethics and disciplinary body, in which it confirmed: “A suspended disqualification of the Russian national team from Uefa Euro 2016 for the crowd disturbances.

“In accordance with Article 20 of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations this disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament.

“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.”

The decision only relates to incidents which occurred inside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of the Uefa disciplinary bodies. The decision is open to appeal.

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