Russian Football Union put under suspended disqualification by UEFA
MOSCOW, June 14 (RAPSI) – The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has punished Russian Football Union with €150,000 and has issued a suspended disqualification of Russian football team after investigation into clashes between Russian and English fans at Euro-2016, according to press-release on the UEFA’s official website.
“In accordance with Article 20 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, this disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament,” UEFA’s press-release reads.
Suspended disqualification means that penalty is going to become active if similar incidents happen again.
Football match between Russian and English teams at Euro-2016 on June 11 ended with clashes between fans of two teams. After the match ended with 1:1 draw, about 30 Russian fans broke through the cordon of stewards and entered the sector with English fans to disrupt a number of flags. The clashes were continuing until stewards ended the fights. UEFA launched a disciplinary case against Russia for crowd disturbance, racist behavior and use of fireworks.
No buffer zone between fan zones was present.
According to UEFA’s rules, because of the previous punishments of Russian side during Euro-2012, this time punishments could have been much more severe. Russia could face playing a match with the empty stands as well as fine of €50,000 fine, reduction of points and complete suspension of the team from the tournament, especially if accusations of racism at the stands are going to be confirmed.