EURO 2016

Russia facing UEFA sanctions for violence after England clash

Tempers flared straight after the final whistle at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday night
Tempers flared straight after the final whistle at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday night

Russia are facing serious UEFA sanctions after being charged with crowd disorder and racist behaviour following the ugly scenes that overshadowed Saturday's Euro 2016 clash with England.

Sickening clashes in Marseille marred the build-up to the Group B clash, with English, Russian and French fans involved in trouble over three days, while an England fan remains in critical condition in hospital following the violence.

UEFA announced on Sunday morning it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Union of Russia for alleged crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and the setting off of fireworks by Russia fans.

Trouble flared towards the end of the match when Russian fans appeared to launch attacks on England supporters following Vasili Berezutsky's late headed equaliser.

UEFA said in a statement on Sunday: "UEFA expresses its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city centre of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome.

"This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.

"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) for the following events occurring inside the stadium: crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of missiles.

"A decision on the sanctions to be imposed will be made within the next few days, once the RFU has been able to submit written statements and evidence.

"UEFA acknowledges that there were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities."

The trouble in the ground followed three days of chaos in the Old Port area of the city, with up to 20 England supporters reportedly hurt in clashes, and French police using a water cannon and tear gas to repel rioters.