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UEFA threatens to disqualify Russia, England from EURO if violence persists

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MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: England fans throw bottles and clash with police ahead of the game against Russia later today on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. Football fans from around Europe have descended on France for the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

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UEFA is taking a strong stand against fan violence, as European football’s governing body has threatened to disqualify Russia and England from EURO 2016 if more clashes ensue.

Supporters from both nations made headlines throughout the week as violence erupted in the streets of Marseille ahead of their opening match of Group B play.

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UEFA opened up a disciplinary review against the Russian federation earlier on Sunday after flares were thrown into the England supporters section at the Stade Velodrome.

Just hours later, UEFA released another statement, this time making more serious threats against the federations. The full statement can be read here.

The UEFA Executive Committee would like to express its disgust at 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.

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 Football Association (FA) and the Russian Football Union (RFS), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again.

UEFA cannot discipline federations for the disruptions in the streets, as they only have jurisdiction over events that happen at the stadiums.

Disqualifying a team from a major tournament would be an extreme measure, but it is a stand UEFA must make to stop this needless violence.