UEFA set to launch urgent probe into violence as Joe Hart tells fans to stay safe.
UEFA has expressed ‘utter disgust’ over the violent clashes between the fans of Russia and England before and after the match between the two teams at Marseille. UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union, and they could face points deduction at the ongoing Euro 2016.
“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 Velodrome. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.
“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFU) for the following events occurring inside the stadium. A decision on the sanctions to be imposed will be made within the next few days, once the RFU has been able to submit written statements and evidence.
“UEFA acknowledges that there were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities,” read an official statement released by UEFA on Sunday.
Fans of both the teams rioted before the game in Marseille’s Old Port district and outside the Stade Vélodrome, in what was the third straight day of violence in the city. The police had to use tear gas and water cannons to stop the fights before the match. However, the vehemence did not stop there and the clashes resumed after Russia held England to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.