Fan violence earns Russia suspended Euro 2016 disqualification
UEFA has fined Russia €150,000 ($169,000) and handed the team a suspended disqualification from the Euro 2016 tournament for the violent actions of its fans during a match against England on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
The suspension of the disqualification means that Russia will be allowed to remain in the tournament as long as there are no additional instances of fan violence.
“Disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament,” UEFA said. “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.”
England fans fled the Velodrome stadium in Marseille after the 1–1 tie with Russia upon being attacked by a group of Russian fans. Russia has since been charged with crowd disturbances, racist behavior and setting off fireworks.
England has not received any punishment, as UEFA viewed England’s fans as the victims of the situation, Sam Borden of The New York Times reports.
Russian football official Igor Lebedev praised the fans for defending “the honor of their country” on Monday, but Russian president Vladimir Putin has urged fans to refrain from violence through the remainder of the tournament.
With two matches remaining in group play, Russia will face Slovakia on Wednesday and Wales on Monday.