UEFA has taken strong issue with both England and Russia football association and even suggested disqualifying them if their fans misbehaved further.
France Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has called to introduce sanctions against England and Russia after both sets of fans clashed after their Euro 2016 group phase match.
The match ended 1-1 at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. The fans clashed after the match, injuring at least 35 people, reports FootTheBall.
European football’s governing body UEFA later started investigations against Russia for crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and making racist insults and is expected to impose a heavy sanction.
“I welcome the UEFA decision to impose sanctions on the teams whose pseudo fans have committed crimes. There should be no clemency towards them from sports federations and sports bodies,” Cazeneuve..
“It is absolutely necessary that national football federations of those countries whose fans provoked disturbances are punished proportional to the seriousness of those incidents of which these people are accused of both inside the stadiums and outside them, what is more serious,” the minister added.
France’s chief prosecutor Brice Robin described the Russians as ‘trained’ to fight, suggesting these men were hooligans. He told FootTheBall, “ There were 150 Russian supporters who in reality were hooligans. These people were well prepared for ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action. These are extremely well trained people.”
Cazeneuve said the events in Marseille on Saturday are “absolutely unacceptable” both for the society, for the country’s authorities and for those who really love football.