ENGLAND AND RUSSIA FACE DISQUALIFICATION DUE TO THE VIOLENCE FROM FANS
England and Russia have been given disqualification warning due to the violence from the fans of both teams.
There are terrorism concerns that the police should be attending to but they have been expending considerable time and effort on dealing with the unruly fans, according to the police chief.
UEFA was left no choice but to threaten to disqualify both teams from the continental tournament if there the violence continued.
The Football Association has appealed to England supporters to be “responsible and respectful” as the confrontations continued. The opening match between both teams was marred during the build up due violence. It continued during the game and the 1-1 draw fuelled it still after the game.
The FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn condemned the actions. He 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.”
The French police has been under heavy criticisms for dispersing crowds with tear gas as against the norm of arresting the perpetrators. The English claim the Russians are more organized and perpetrated more violence. They insisted that if they were not arrested, they could strike again. The security at the stadium was lax and it allowed the Russians fans break through at the end of the match to attack the English. With their late equaliser, they went wild in jubilations and they lighted the fans they had smuggled in.
UEFA said the sanctions against Russia will be decided at a disciplinary meeting on Tuesday. The decision will likely come under intense scrutiny ahead of their next game against Slovakia on Wednesday in Lille, a day before the Three Lions take on Wales in a keenly anticipated match. The game would take place in Lens which is just 24 miles away.