Euro 2016: England, Russia could be disqualified for more fan violence
The English Football Association and Russian Football Union have both been threatened with potential disqualification from Euro 2016 after fans clashed before and after a match in Marseille, the UEFA Executive Committee announced.
Fans of both teams rioted in the streets leading up to the match, which ended in a 1–1 tie, and then England fans fled the stadium post-game after being charged by a large group of Russian fans.
UEFA has confirmed that Russia has been charged with crowd disturbances, racist behavior and setting off fireworks.
"We take this letter from UEFA with the utmost seriousness," FA chief executive Martin Glenn said in a statement. "We understand the potential implications of our supporters’ actions and wholly accept that every effort needs to be made by The FA to positively urge them to act in a responsible and respectful way. Violent scenes like those witnessed over the weekend in Marseille have no place in football, nor society as a whole. We want people–fans and locals–to feel safe and enjoy a festival atmosphere at the Euros and we will continue to work closely with all the relevant authorities to achieve that."
Immediately after the incident, UEFA announced that it would re-assess security at the tournament.
“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,” UEFA said in a statement.
Russia will play its next match against Slovakia on Wednesday, while England faces Wales on Thursday.