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UEFA opens case against Russia over crowd trouble

The Russian Football Union has been charged by European football's governing body over fan disturbances at Stade Vélodrome on Saturday.

UEFA opens case against Russia over crowd trouble
ALI HAIDER EFE

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union following crowd trouble at the end of the Euro 2016 match between England and Russia in Marseille.

Russian fans rushed on their English counterparts moments after the final whistle of the sides' Group B draw on Saturday, punching and kicking retreating England supporters, some of whom were forced to scale barriers to escape.

Crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and fireworks

European football's governing body said a decision on sanctions would be made within the next few days, once Russia had been able to submit written statements.

Russia have been charged for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and setting off fireworks, UEFA revealed.

The incidents came on the back of violent skirmishes on the streets of the city in the days leading up to the game.

Supporters jump over barriers to escape from clashes in the stands of Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.

However, UEFA also confirmed that events that unfolded outside the stadium perimeter fell outwith its remit

"Totally unacceptable"

"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 Vélodrome," explained the organisation in a statement.

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

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