UEFA has once again demonstrated zero-tolerance for crowd troubles with its recent judgment on the violence that ensued during the match between England and Russia.
UEFA has issued a final warning to Russian FA over their fans’ unruly behaviour in Marseille.
UEFA said warned that should Russia be caught in any crowd disturbances inside the stadium during the country’s matches, Russia would be kicked out of the tournament. UEFA has gone ahead to fine the Russian Football Union, RFU for EUR150,000 and charged with crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour.
”A suspended disqualification of the Russian national team from UEFA EURO 2016 for the crowd disturbances. In accordance with Article 20 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, this disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament. 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.”
The region’s football body also informed in its statement that the charge can be appealed, but interestingly, Russia is not interested in filing as appeal as they have described it excessive and pointless – Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko told the R-Sport news agency.
As a result of the clash, some Russian fans have already been deported and the French authorities are on the lookout for more troublemakers who would like to return home and watch from the Television screen back in Russia.
If Russia gets expelled from the tournament which the Manager Leonid Slutsky has confirmed to the press would not happen, UEFA would call an emergency panel to decide on the distribution of points between England, Wales and Slovakia to ensure the system stayed fair for progression to the next stage.