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UEFA threatens Russia, England with Euro disqualification

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The UEFA executive committee said in a statement it has warned both countries that on top of any sanctions over trouble in Marseille this weekend.

The UEFA executive committee said in a statement it has warned both countries that on top of any sanctions over trouble in Marseille this weekend.

PARIS, France, June 12 – UEFA said Sunday that Russia and England could be thrown out of the European Championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.

The UEFA executive committee made a public “warning” in a statement which expressed “disgust for the violent clashes which occurred in the city of Marseille” this weekend.

On top of any punishment ordered by an investigation committee, the executive committee said “it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association (FA) and the Russian Football Union (RFU), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again.”

Dozens of people were hurt in three days of clashes in Marseille and at the Stade Velodrome after the England-Russia match on Saturday which ended in a 1-1 draw.

UEFA earlier charged Russia with misconduct over the role of its fans in the unrest.

Russia was charged with crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and letting off fireworks.

The result of the inquiry and sanctions are to be announced on Tuesday.

Russia’s next game is in Lille, northern France, on Wednesday against Slovakia. England’s next Group B game against Wales in nearby Lens on Thursday has been classed as a high-risk game by the French authorities.

-UK govt ‘deeply concerned’ by Marseille football violence-

Two Russians attack an England fan PHOTO/Thanassis Stavrakis

Two Russians attack an England fan PHOTO/Thanassis Stavrakis

The British government said Sunday it was “deeply concerned” by violence at the European Championships in Marseille and offered to send more police to France.

“The UK government is deeply concerned by the violence in Marseille last night, including reports that in some cases England fans were attacked by rival supporters,” a spokesman said in a statement issued by Downing Street.

“We have offered to send further UK police to France ahead of the next England game to support the security operation around the match in Lens.

“And UK police will be assisting the French with their post-incident investigations and supporting them to gather evidence, including evidence against any England fans involved in the disorder.”

The statement came as UEFA warned that both England and Russia — whose match Saturday night ended in crowd disturbances — could be thrown out of the tournament if there are similar scenes in future.

French authorities say three people remain in serious condition in hospital in Marseille after clashes before and during the game.

England’s next match in the tournament is against Wales in Lens on Thursday.

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