Euro 2016: Russia Suspended Due To Violence
Following the violence that erupted inside the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced that it has decided to impose sanctions against the Russian Football Union, resulting in the team’s suspension.Advertisement
According to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Russian team is now facing various charges, including those relating to racist behavior, crowd disturbances, and the use of fireworks. As a result, the team has not only been suspended; it has also been fined €150,000 (approximately $168,000).
The incident occurred on June 11 inside the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille during a UEFA EURO 2016 match between Russia and England. According to a report from the BBC, it seemed that Russian fans suddenly rushed towards England supporters, starting the violent clash.
During a press conference, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said, “There were 150 Russian supporters who in reality were hooligans. These people were well prepared for ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action. These are extremely well-trained people.”
Following the incident, two Russians were arrested due to pitch invasion. Meanwhile, five England fans have also been jailed for throwing bottles at the police. A sixth England fan has also been jailed due to violence. The two Russians were said to have already been expelled from the country, while the six England fans have been banned from visiting France for two years.
Meanwhile, after facing the fine and suspension, the Russian Football Union has released an official statement, saying, “The RFU accepts this verdict, although it sees it as extremely severe.”
According to a report from Russia Beyond The Headlines, the RFU is now asking Russian fans to follow the rules of conduct at the stadiums, as another violation by the team would lead to an automatic disqualification.
The UEFA Executive Committee said it is willing to impose additional sanctions should this kind of violence occur again.