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Euro 2016: Russia given suspended disqualification

Russia will be thrown out of Euro 2016 if their fans cause further trouble, UEFA said
Euro 2016: Russia given suspended disqualification

Russia will be thrown out of Euro 2016 if their fans cause further trouble, says UEFA. The Russians have been given suspended disqualification and fined 150,000 euro (£119,000) following violent scenes at the game against England in Marseille on Saturday, BBC repors.

Meanwhile, groups of Russian fans are also being deported from France as a result of trouble at the tournament.

A French police operation to arrest 40 suspected Russian hooligans is under way.

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky, whose team still have to play Wales and Slovakia, is confident his squad will not be excluded.

“We are sure our supporters will not do the same and will not give any reasons to disqualify our team,” he said.

Russia forwards Artem Dzyuba added: “We’re not at a streetfighting championship. Please, let’s focus on football.”

England were also threatened with disqualification from Euro 2016 but were not formally charged by Uefa.

There is a fear of further trouble between England and Russia fans this week given that both are likely to gather in Lille.

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

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