Moscow: The Russian football union condemned the violent clashes in the French port city Marseille when England and Russia met in a UEFA Euro 2016 match.
“The Russian Football Union resolutely condemns the actions of Russian football fans and their participation in brawls and illegal activities in the city and during the match (Saturday),” Xinhua reported from an official statement of the union.
“We urge (Russian football fans) to show respect to the rival team and its fans as well as to local residents,” it added, stressing that the laws, rules of conduct and public order in France should not be breached.
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Noting that the matches were under the monitor of international football disciplinary bodies, the union warned that any misbehaviour could lead to sanctions against the Russian football team.
“We call on you to refrain from the use of pyrotechnical devices, laser pointers and other prohibited gadgets at stadiums to spare the team various disciplinary sanctions,” it said.
The UEFA has opened separate disciplinary proceedings following the UEFA EURO 2016 group stage matches between England and Russia, Albania and Switzerland, Turkey and Croatia.
The Russian fans were accused by the UEFA of crowd disturbances, setting off fireworks and throwing missiles.
The UEFA Executive Committee on Sunday warned both football associations of England and Russia that “it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions (on them), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again”.