Football: FA takes UEFA threat 'with utmost seriousness'

England fans climb over a fence to escape trouble in the stadium after the game on June 11, 2016.
England fans climb over a fence to escape trouble in the stadium after the game on June 11, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - The English Football Association is treating seriously a threat by UEFA to expel England from Euro 2016 if there are further episodes of hooliganism, its chief executive said Sunday (June 12).

The FA has a duty to order England fans to behave themselves after what he had earlier described as "shocking' and upsetting" scenes inside the stadium in Marseille at Saturday's (June 11) 1-1 draw between England and Russia.

"We take this letter from UEFA with the utmost seriousness," he said.

Three days of street battles in Marseille culminated in fighting inside the stadium for the England-Russia game.

 

UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation against Russia but warned both countries that they could be excluded from the tournament if violence is repeated.

"We understand the potential implications of our supporters' actions and wholly accept that every effort needs to be made by The FA to positively urge them to act in a responsible and respectful way," Glenn said.

"Violent scenes like those witnessed over the weekend in Marseille have no place in football, nor society as a whole.

"We want people - fans and locals - to feel safe and enjoy a festival atmosphere at the Euros and we will continue to work closely with all the relevant authorities to achieve that."

England's next match is a highly-charged game with Wales at Lens in northern France on Thursday. A ban on alcohol consumption has already been ordered.