UEFA’s executive committee told the football associations of both countries Sunday that their teams could face further sanctions — including potential disqualification from the tournament — if their fans were involved in a repeat of the scenes that marred their fixture in Marseille Saturday.
UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, has already opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union over its supporters’ behavior in Marseille.
It faces charges of crowd disturbances, racist behavior and setting off fireworks Saturday in the southern French city’s Stade Velodrome “UEFA expresses its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city center of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome,” UEFA said in a statement.
“This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.”
It said a decision on the sanctions would be made “within the next few days,” once evidence had been considered.
No action has been taken against England’s Football Association, whose fans were also involved in the clashes on the third straight day of football-related violence in the port city. UEFA is responsible for incidents at match venues, but not in surrounding areas.