Both England and Russia were issued with a warning Sunday evening by UEFA, threatening disqualification from the Euro 2016 championships after disgraceful scenes over the weekend at Marseille.
There had been disturbing violence on the streets which involved both sets of fans in battles before the match and which came to a head inside the Stade Velodrome after Saturday’s 1-1 England-Russia draw.
Russian fans waved extremist far-right banners and let off flares in the stadium during the game and after the final whistle, stormed over to the England supporters who tried to flee from the kicks and punches coming their way.
There was also reports two of England’s black players, Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling being racially abused and disabled supporters also falling victim of the Russian hooligan gang, some of which wore gum shields and Balaclavas.
The incident has raised serious questions regarding security at a time when when France is on high alert.
Alcohol was banned from the stadium but in order to prevent further shameful scenes, the French government has implemented an alcohol ban near all Euro 2016 venues for the rest of the tournament.
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 Vélodrome.
This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFS) for the following events occurring inside the stadium: crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of missiles. A decision on the sanctions to be imposed will be made within the next few days, once the RFS has been able to submit written statements and evidence.
UEFA acknowledges that there were segregation issues at Stade Vélodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities.