Russia handed 'suspended disqualification'

UEFA also fined the Russian Football Union 150,000 euros ($170,000) for the crowd violence in Marseille on Saturday. It said Russia would be kicked out of the championship if its fans cause one more incident of stadium trouble.

Russian supporters attack England fans at the end of the Euro 2016 Group B soccer match between England and Russia, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille on Saturday.   -  AP

UEFA on Tuesday told Russia it would be kicked out of the European Championship if its fans cause one more incident of stadium trouble during the tournament. Europe's governing body declared Russia responsible for the stadium disturbances, racist chanting and fireworks thrown during the Russia-England game in Marseille on Saturday.

It ordered the "suspended disqualification" of the team and fined the Russian Football Union 150,000 euros ($170,000).

"This disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament," said the UEFA disciplinary commission decision.

"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," it added.

UEFA stressed that its order only applied to trouble inside stadiums where the governing body is responsible for security.

Russia is playing Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday, sparking fears its fans will come into contact with English fans whose team is playing Wales in nearby Lens on Thursday. After the 1-1 draw in Marseille, Russian fans crossed security barriers inside the Stade Velodrome and attacked England fans. Dozens of English supporters, including women and children, had to flee across security barriers to escape.

UEFA had already warned Russia and England that it could disqualify them if there was more trouble. But only Russia was charged over the conduct of its fans.

Violence involving Russian fans 'unacceptable': Kremlin

The Kremlin on Tuesday described "riots" involving Russian fans at Euro 2016 as unacceptable and called on them not to react to any provocation at the tournament.

"This is absolutely unacceptable. We count on Russian citizens and fans to obey the laws of the country they are in," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that "we can only call on our fans not to react to any sort of provocation".

"Fans from a whole range of countries took part in the riots. Unfortunately from Russia as well," he said.

Amid mounting accusations against Russian fans over bloody clashes with England supporters, UEFA charged the Russian Football Union over the disturbances, racist chanting and fireworks thrown at its opening match against England in Marseille.

Local authorities said Tuesday that a group of Russian football supporters was being thrown out of France because it is feared they will cause more trouble.

Authorities were checking the identities of 29 supporters at a hotel near Marseille and some of them will be taken to a holding centre at the border, local authorities said.

Peskov said the consulate in France is providing support to the Russian citizens.

It is believed the supporters intended to travel to the northern city of Lille, where Russia play Slovakia on Wednesday.

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