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Published: 12:19 | 14/6/16

Russia handed suspended disqualification


The Russian Football Union have been handed a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and fined €150,000 as a result of the violence that marred their Euro 2016 opener against England.

Both sets of supporters clashed in Marseille in the days leading up to Saturday's game with 35 people injured, four seriously, while 20 people were arrested on the back of the violent scenes.

Trouble continued inside the Stade Velodrome when Russian fans charged at their English counterparts following the final whistle in the 1-1 draw.

UEFA warned both England and Russia that they faced expulsion from the tournament if there were further clashes but European football's governing body has taken the step of imposing a suspended disqualification on the Russian Football Union.

"The independent UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met today in Paris to deal with the disciplinary proceedings opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) following the incidents which occurred inside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, at the UEFA EURO 2016 match against England on 11 June (1-1)," a statement from UEFA read.

"Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against the RFU, and the CEDB decided to impose the following sanctions:

• A fine of €150,000.

• 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 decisions of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is open to appeal.

"This decision only relates to the incidents which occurred inside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of the UEFA Disciplinary Bodies."

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