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UEFA tells Russia it will be out of Euros if repeat of trouble

Jun 14. 2016
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Paris (dpa) - Russia's team at Euro 2016 will be disqualified fromthe tournament if there are further stadium crowd disturbancesinvolving its fans, UEFA said Tuesday.

Russia has a suspended disqualification until the end of thetournament, the disciplinary committee of European football's bodysaid.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) was also fined 150,000 euros(168,000 dollars) in charges relating to crowd trouble inside theStade Velodrome in Marseille Saturday in the match between Russia and England.

The RFU accepted the ruling and said it would not appeal.

Russian fans were seen to charge a section of the ground housingEngland supporters directly after the match, and also set off flares.

UEFA said in a statement the suspended disqualification "will belifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happeninside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russianteam during the tournament."

It added: "This decision only relates to the incidents which occurredinside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of theUEFA Disciplinary Bodies."

UEFA had already warned both the Russian and English footballassociations their teams could be disqualified from the tournament if there was further violence outside stadiums.

The sanctions passed by UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body met in Paris were on charges "relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour."

RFU president Vitaly Mutko, who is also sports minister, told Russia's TASS news agency "A disciplinary decision has been made and we are waiting for an official notification.

"We will be following the decision of UEFA and there must be no other stance of the RFU."

At Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, UEFA imposed a number of fines ont he the Russian Football Union for similar crowd problems. It was also given a suspended points deduction for Euro 2016 qualifying.

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