Russia will be disqualified if violence mars any more of their Euro 2016 fixtures

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UEFA have announced that Russia have been given a suspended disqualification penalty, and have been fined £119,000 for the disorder during and after the fixture against England last Saturday.

Fireworks were set off during the game, with some being fired directly into the section of the stadium housing England fans, whilst at the conclusion of the game a selection of Russian fans rushed into the English end with violence the intention. UEFA also marked down fan racism as another reason for the warning and fine.

The news comes shortly after it was announce that around 29 Russian fans were being escorted to the airport, ready to be deported.

Alexandr Shprygin, the head of the Russian Union of Supporters, claimed the fans were “not involved in the events in Marseille or in the port or at the stadium”, and had not “violated no laws in France”.

Greg Dyke, Chairman of the Football Association, has expressed his “serious concerns” over the security of England fans who are likely to travel to Lille ahead of their next group match with Wales.

Lille plays host to Russia and Slovakia on Wednesday evening, with England and Wales playing their game in the nearby town of Lens at 2pm the following day.

So far thirty-five people have been injured in the clashes, with four injured seriously hurt – and many being England fans.

*The writer of this article is heading out to France on Saturday ahead of our final group match against Slovakia, I’m just hoping this nonsense stops so I can enjoy the tournament without fearing for my security.


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