Russia warns fans over Euro violence

A man throws a beer can during street brawls ahead of the Euro 2016 football match England vs Russia, southern France, on June 11, 2016.
A man throws a beer can during street brawls ahead of the Euro 2016 football match England vs Russia, southern France, on June 11, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian Football Union on Sunday (June 12) told its fans to behave at Euro 2016 matches or risk seeing the country disqualified from the European Championship finals.

The union headed by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko expressed "regret over the disturbances with Russian fans participating both outside the stadium and at the match" against England in Marseille, France on Saturday.

Addressing fans, the RFU told them to "show respect to the opponent and its fans. Follow the laws and rules of conduct and public order in France."

Russia's matches are "under the intense scrutiny of international football disciplinary bodies," it warned.

 

UEFA made a public warning Sunday that Russia and England face disqualification if there is further fan violence. It called on both countries to appeal to their fans to behave.

Russian fans were specifically told not to take firecrackers, laser pointers "and other banned objects" into stadiums "to avoid the imposition of various disciplinary sanctions".