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UEFA to step up security at stadiums
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia for crowd disturbances and racist behaviour by its fans during the Euro 2016 game against England.
European football’s governing body warned Russia and England that their teams could be disqualified from the championship if there is further violence.
UEFA also said it would strengthen security at stadiums in France in response to the disorder.
The English Football Association, whose fans fled the stadium in Marseille after being attacked by a large group of Russian supporters, has not been charged by UEFA.
The high-profile scenes of unrest, both inside and outside the Stade Velodrome, marred the second day of the tournament, with UEFA expressing its “utter disgust” over clashes between Russian and English fans in Marseille.
UEFA held emergency meetings to reassess security measures inside the 10 stadiums being used across France for the 24-team 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 has also been charged over fire- works being set off inside the stadium, where the game finished 1-1. UEFA said its control, ethics and disciplinary body will judge the case tomorrow, imposing sanctions ahead of Russia’s second game against Slovakia on Wednesday in Lille.
UEFA is only taking disciplinary action over the disorder inside the stadium in Marseille, where it spread after three straight days of fighting near the port in the Mediterranean port city.
Although UEFA holds national federations responsible for their fans’ behaviour inside stadiums, it typically does not act on incidents elsewhere.
“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,” said UEFA. “This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.”
When UEFA’s panel judges incidents in Marseille, it could take Russian fans’ track record at Euro 2012 into account.
UEFA imposed a series of sanctions, including fines, on the Russian Football Union for incidents at that tournament, which was hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
“A decision on the sanctions to be imposed will be made within days, once the RFU has been able to submit written statements and evidence,” said UEFA.
DISTURBING: Fans clash at the Euro 2016 match between Russia and England