UEFA have warned England and Russia they will be kicked out of Euro2016 if there is a repeat of the disgraceful scenes of fan violence that overshadowed their clash in Marseilles.
The teams drew 1-1 at the Stade Velodrome but it’s what happened off the pitch that could decide England and Russia’s future after UEFA expressed their “disgust” at fan violence on the city’s streets and in the stadium.
“Their actions distract the police from their primary mission, which is to protect our country from the terrorist threat,” said French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
UEFA’s DISGUST AT ENGLAND AND RUSSIA VIOLENCE
UEFA’s statement said: “The UEFA executive committee would like to express its disgust for the violent clashes which occurred in the city of Marseille. Such unacceptable behaviour by so-called supporters of the national teams of England and Russia has no place in football, a sport we must protect and defend.”
It continued: “The Uefa executive committee has warned both football associations that – irrespective of any decisions taken by the independent disciplinary bodies relating to incidents inside the stadium – it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the [English] Football Association and the Russian Football Union, including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again.”
England fans, Russia fans and French police clash again
HOOLIGANS TAKE HEADLINES, TEAMS SHARE SPOILS – ENGLAND 1 RUSSIA 1
Hooligans may have taken all the headlines but England and Russia shared the points on the pitch after a last gasp equaliser left Roy Hodgson’s men deflated at the final whistle.
England captain and all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney made his first ever start in midfield for England and the tactic looked to be working as his side took control of the game.
Eric Dier blasted in a free kick to give England the lead but despite their dominance his side failed to add to their tally and paid the price Vasili Berezutski’s looping header sailed over Joe Hart to earn Russia a point.
While UEFA investigate the violence England fans will be questioning their manager’s tactics and substitutions with Hodgson criticised for letting their main goal threat Harry Kane take the corners and failing to introduce speedster Jamie Vardy against a tiring Russian defence.
Next up is the hugely anticipated British derby between England and Wales in Lens on Thursday, a day after Russia and Slovakia meet – what do the top football tipsters think?
WALES SUPERSTAR START
Wales got their first ever European Championship Finals match off to the perfect start thanks to a free kick from superstar Gareth Bale.
The Real Madrid man outfoxed Slovakia’s keeper with a 30 yard effort, but Wales were pinned back when Slovakia equaliser through Ondrej Duda. However, with just nine minutes left, substitute Hal Robson-Kanu shinned a shot and earned the Welsh all three points to leave them top of Group B.
NORTHERN IRELAND 0 POLAND 1
Northern Ireland’s first appearance at the Euros wasn’t as glorious and they were fortunate not to lose by more than the one goal Poland beat them by.
The Green and White Army were on the back foot from the start but did well to nullify Robert Lewandowski for the whole 90 minutes but could not stop Ajax’s star Milik striking for three points in the 51st minute.