UEFA gives Russia ‘suspended disqualification’ for Euro violence

Following the violent clashes between Russian and English fans in Marseille over the weekend, UEFA has announced a suspended disqualification to the Russian FA from the tournament along with a €150,000 fine.

UEFA released the following statement:

“The independent UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met today in Paris to deal with the disciplinary proceedings opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) following the incidents which occurred inside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, at the UEFA EURO 2016 match against England on 11 June (1-1).

Charges relating to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour had been brought against the RFU, and the CEDB decided to impose the following sanctions:

– A fine of €150,000.

– 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 decisions of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is open to appeal.

This decision only relates to the incidents which occurred inside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of the UEFA Disciplinary Bodies”

The news comes amidst new footage surfacing on Youtube showing a Russian fan going all Grand Theft Auto on the streets of Marseille.

THE TURF