Euro 2016: Uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against Russian Football Union


Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union after scenes of violence marred their Euro 2016 draw with England in Marseille.

The European football body handed down charges for alleged crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and the setting off of fireworks by Russia fans during the game at the Stade Velodrome, which finished 1-1.

Russia fans let off flares during the UEFA Euro 2016

Uefa also announced it would take steps to strengthen security at match venues after the embarrassing scenes at Olympique Marseille's ground.

The disorder at the 67,000-capacity ground came after a third day of violent clashes between rival fans and locals on the streets of Marseille left one England fan critically ill in hospital and up to 20 others hurt.

A Uefa spokesman said: "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.

Russia fans let off flares during the UEFA Euro 2016

"This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.

"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."

England fans were seen fleeing the stands shortly after the final whistle was blown as balaclava-clad thugs punched through a line of stewards before attacking bystanders.

Tempers flare between rival fans in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016

England have avoided any charges and Uefa confirmed before kick-off that incidents outside the Stade Velodrome perimeter fell outside its remit.