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UEFA launches discipliry proceedings against Russia

Marseille (France), June 12: European football’s governing body UEFA on Sunday said it had launched discipliry proceedings against Russia after their fans assaulted their English counterparts at the end of a Euro 2016 group phase football match.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) in a statement expressed its “utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city centre of Marseille and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome”.

“This kind of behaviour is totally ucceptable and has no place in football,” UEFA said.

A decision regarding sanctions would be made within days. UEFA has not charged England of misconduct.

A UEFA spokesman also said that security personnel would be increased at subsequent matches to segregate rival fans inside stadiums. Some 30 Russian fans started clashing with England’s fans, having broken through a security cordon at the stadium. IANS

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