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Russia given suspended Euro 2016 disqualification

Russia will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there is further crowd trouble at their remaining matches.

Uefa, European football’s governing body, has given Russia a suspended disqualification and a 150,000 euro (£119,000) fine for disorder at the game against England in Marseille.

Russia were also charged for fan racism and lighting fireworks at the match.

Groups of Russia fans are being deported from France after repeated scenes of violence at Euro 2016.

The suspended disqualification and fine relate only to incidents that happened inside the stadium.

The decision is open to appeal, but Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko indicated that would not happen.

Six English fans were jailed on Monday for their roles in the disorder and Uefa has threatened to disqualify both teams if there is further violence.

Alexandr Shprygin, head of the Russian Union of Supporters, said 29 fans were being escorted to the airport.

Shprygin claimed they had been held near Cannes and put on a bus, adding they had “violated no laws in France” and were “not involved in the events in Marseille or in the port or at the stadium”.

Thirty-five people have been injured – most of them England fans – while a total of 20 people were arrested after three days of disorder in Marseille.

Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke expressed “serious concerns” about security in Lille, where England fans and Russian supporters are set to gather over the next three days.

Meanwhile, Russia will play Slovakia in the city on Wednesday, while England fans are expected to gather there ahead of Thursday’s Group B match against Wales in the nearby town of Lens.

French authorities have already pledged to increase security in Lens, deploying 2,400 police, gendarmes, security guards and a riot squad.

Drinking alcohol in the streets has also been banned.

Up to 50,000 England fans are expected in Lens despite the fact that the 35,000-capacity stadium has already sold out.

SOURCE: BBC News

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