UEFA threatened to kick Russia and England out of the European Championship finals over fan violence but admitted there were stadium security flaws. Meanwhile, French authorities said they had detained 63 people linked to violence since the start of Euro 2016 and gave police new powers to ban alcohol around stadiums.
European football’s governing body UEFA issued the warning as German hooligans became the latest to join street battles that have marred the tournament, following three days of clashes in Marseille between Russian and English fans.
Tensions between supporters of the two countries came to a head inside the Stade Velodrome after Saturday’s 1-1 England-Russia draw. Thirty-five people were injured in the worst violence at an international tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France, with three still in a serious condition.
With more high-risk matches looming, the UEFA executive committee expressed “disgust” at the clashes. UEFA has laid charges against Russia, accusing their fans of crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and throwing fireworks and missiles in the Marseille stadium.A decision on sanctions is to be announced on Tuesday.
The UEFA executive committee also said “it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions” on the countries, “including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again”. agencies