Russia faces Uefa probe after violence

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Union of Russia after crowd disturbances at the 1-1 draw between England and Russia in their Euro 2016 match in Marseille.

Charges against Russia are for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, and setting off fireworks, it confirmed.

The European football governing body said it had not taken any action against the English FA.

Footage appeared to show Russia fans rush at England supporters.

Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans near the end of the game.

Some then climbed across barriers designed to keep rival fans apart, and a number of Russia supporters appeared to kick and punch fleeing England fans.

‘Security issues’

Earlier on Sunday, Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he was expecting Uefa to announce it would fine Russia.

“We behaved incorrectly,” R-Sport news agency reported him as saying.

But he added there were “many nuances” to what happened, and Russian officials would investigate.

Sanctions will be decided at a disciplinary meeting on Tuesday, once the Russians had been able to submit written statements and evidence, Uefa said.

Uefa also acknowledged there were issues with the segregation of rival fans at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, Reuters reported.

“Corrective measures” to strengthen the deployment of security personnel would be implemented, the agency quoted the body as saying.

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