Euro 2016 violence involving Russian fans ‘unacceptable’: Kremlin

  • AFP, Moscow
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2016 17:34 IST
Football Soccer - England v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group B - Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France - 11/6/16 Russia fans before the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic (REUTERS)

The Kremlin on Tuesday described “riots” involving Russian fans at Euro 2016 as unacceptable and called on them not to react to any provocation at the tournament.

“This is absolutely unacceptable. We count on Russian citizens and fans to obey the laws of the country they are in,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, adding that “we can only call on our fans not to react to any sort of provocation”.

“Fans from a whole range of countries took part in the riots. Unfortunately from Russia as well,” he said.

UEFA will on Tuesday announce a first verdict against Russia for the football unrest caused by their fans at Euro 2016.

Amid mounting accusations against Russian fans over bloody clashes with England supporters, UEFA charged the Russian Football Union over the disturbances, racist chanting and fireworks thrown at their opening match against England in Marseille.

Local authorities said Tuesday that a group of Russian football supporters was being thrown out of France because it is feared they will cause more trouble.

Authorities were checking the identities of 29 supporters at a hotel near Marseille and some of them will be taken to a holding centre at the border, local authorities told AFP.

Peskov said the consulate in France is providing support to the Russian citizens.

It is believed the supporters intended to travel to the northern city of Lille, where Russia play Slovakia on Wednesday.

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