UEFA to discipline Russian federation; England escapes punishment

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UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian federation as clashes with English fans in Marseille have overshadowed EURO 2016.

After fights in the streets forced police to use teargas on fans, tensions boiled over inside the Stade Velodrome during the match between England and Russia, with Russian fans throwing a flare into the England supporters’ section.

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This caused mass chaos, as reports came in that Russian fans were then attacking the English fans who tried to leave.

Russia was also reprimanded after EURO 2012, fined and docked points in qualifying after their fans were involved in altercations with Polish supporters.

Below is the full statement from UEFA:

UEFA expresses its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city centre of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome.

This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) for the following events occurring inside the stadium: crowd disturbances, setting off fireworks and throwing of missiles. A decision on the sanctions to be imposed will be made within the next few days, once the RFU has been able to submit written statements and evidence.

UEFA acknowledges that there were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities.