Leonid Slutsky Confident Russia Will Not Be Kicked Out Of Euro 2016

14 June 2016 03:18

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky is confident his country will not be kicked out of Euro 2016 after receiving a suspended disqualification for fan disorder.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) was handed the sanction - plus a fine of £119,000 - in relation to offences of crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour inside Marseille's Stade Velodrome in Saturday's 1-1 draw with England.

However, UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body, which met in Paris to consider the case, has warned any further incidents of violence inside grounds at any of Russia's matches will result in the suspension being lifted and the country being expelled from the tournament.

"We are sure we are not going to be kicked out. There will not be any injustice," said Slutsky in a press conference to preview Wednesday's match in Lille against Slovakia.

Striker Artem Dzyuba believes it would be "stupid" if Russia were to be sent home having now had a warning.

"We don't want to be disqualified for this situation. It's the 20th century," he said.

"Our supporters have to focus on supporting us and we have to show our best qualities.

"We want to be here and it would be a stupid thing and a big disappointment for the whole country if we go out.

"This is not a street fighting championship, it's the European football championship.

"We don't want things to be presented that there is a group of people trying to fight.

"Not only English and Russians, but other fans too. Please, let's focus on football."

There were running battles in the streets of Marseille ahead of the weekend's match but inside the stadium it was apparent Russian fans were the aggressors, making a charge for their English counterparts at the final whistle.

However, Dzyuba claims England supporters could not be absolved from responsibility on Saturday.

"I don't really understand the reaction of the British media, who have this impression England supporters are like angels who just behave themselves," he added.

"You have to be objective, there is 50-50 in every conflict. I don't see that the Russians are the only ones at fault."

The sanctions against the RFU were outlined in a statement by the independent control, ethics and disciplinary body, in which it confirmed: "A suspended disqualification of the Russian national team from UEFA EURO 2016 for the crowd disturbances.

"In accordance with Article 20 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations this disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament.

"Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament."

The decision only relates to incidents which occurred inside the stadium and are therefore under the jurisdiction of the UEFA disciplinary bodies and is open to appeal.

Concerns have been raised about the prospect of more trouble over the next couple of days as Russia play in Lille, where many England fans are staying ahead of Thursday's clash with Wales in nearby Lens.

As a result more British police officers trained in football disorder are being deployed to France.

Home Secretary Theresa May briefed the Cabinet on the move, including the deployment of additional British Transport Police officers on rail services around the area, following a request from the French authorities.

Fabienne Buccio, prefect of the Pas-de-Calais region, said Lens will be "in lockdown".

He added: "We will have a strong police presence with more than 1,200 police officers present in Lens and you can add 1,200 more with the private security that will be mobilised that day.

"They will be present in the stands ready in order to intervene quickly in the stadium if there are clashes between supporters."

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke wrote to UEFA on Monday to complain that stewarding at England's match with Russia was "unacceptable" and expressing "serious concerns" about security arrangements ahead of the clash with Wales.

UEFA has subsequently replied expressing its desire to work jointly with the FA and the authorities to address the issues raised in the letter.

Source: PA-WIRE

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