Should teams be booted from Euros for crowd trou­ble?

UEFA to step up se­cu­rity at sta­di­ums

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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

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