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Russia Handed Suspended Disqualification After Clash With English Fans

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UEFA announced the ruling and €150,000 fine after a disciplinary meeting in Paris.

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Shortly after the 1-1 draw between England and Russia, one which saw violence erupt before, during, and after the game, there was talk of punishment from UEFA. Today, UEFA ruled against Russia, fining them €150,000 and handed down a suspended disqualification. The statement from UEFA's Independent Control, Ethics, and Disciplinary Body is as follows:

A suspended disqualification of the Russian national team from Uefa Euro 2016 for the crowd disturbances.

In accordance with Article 20 of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations this disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament.

Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament.

Essentially, this move represents a last chance for Russian supporters. Russia will be allowed to continue participating in the European Championship unless there is further in-stadium violence, in which case the suspended part of the suspended disqualification will be lifted, and the team will be kicked out of the tournament. However, this only applies to incidents that occur within stadiums, as anything occurring outside is beyond UEFA's jurisdiction.  This has the potential to complicate Group B, as a disqualification would result in retroactively voiding the results of Russia's previous matches, and forfeiting all points they've earned, including the match against England.

This is a surprisingly strong move and hefty fine from UEFA, and hopefully it will create a strong enough disincentive to prevent further violence from erupting between supporters, Russian or otherwise. In particular, it could go a long way toward preventing a new round of clashes between English and Russian fans, many of whom will be in Lille for the next round of matches. Additionally, it shows that football governing bodies are willing to take action, particularly as the world looks to Russia as the site of the 2018 World Cup, and Russian ministers have been less than cool in recent days.