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Russia coach Leonid Slutsky vows Russia will not be expelled for disorder

By Carl Markham

Published 15/06/2016

An man injured in clashes is assisted by the emergency services in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
An man injured in clashes is assisted by the emergency services in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
A fan runs with a flare ahead of the England vs Russia France Euro 2016 match, in Marseille, France.
A man is arrested by police officers in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
An man injured in clashes is assisted by police officers in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Russian fans chant in the Old Port Square in Marseille, France ahead of the England vs Russia France Euro 2016 match.
Police fire water cannons to control the fighting after football fans clashed ahead of the England vs Russia France Euro 2016 match.
The scene at Old Port in Marseille, France after football fans clashed ahead of the England vs Russia France Euro 2016 match.
French riot police move in to arrest Russian fans after violence broke out between supporters ahead of the England vs Russia France Euro 2016 match, in Marseille, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The scene of destruction after football fans clashed ahead of the England vs Russia France Euro 2016 match, in Marseille, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Teargas is fired at England supporters in downtown Marseille, France, Saturiday, June 11, 2016. Two nights of clashes between England supporters, French police and locals have marked the build up to Saturday's Euro 2016 soccer Championship match between England and Russia. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
An England supporter runs past tear gas through the streets in downtown Marseille, France, Saturiday, June 11, 2016. Two nights of clashes between England supporters, French police and locals have marked the build up to Saturday's Euro 2016 soccer Championship match between England and Russia. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
A man is taken away by emergency service workers after he was injured in clashes in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
A man is arrested by police officers in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
French riot police officers move along an England supporter in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
A man is taken away by emergency service workers after he was injured in clashes in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
An man injured in clashes is assisted by the emergency services in downtown Marseille, France, Saturday, June 11, 2016. Riot police have thrown tear gas canisters at soccer fans Saturday in Marseille's Old Port in a third straight day of violence in the city. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
An English supporter injured after a street brawl is helped by a rescue squad ahead of the Euro 2016 football match England vs Russia, southern France, on June 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENETJEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images
An English supporter injured after a street brawl is helped by a rescue squad ahead of the Euro 2016 football match England vs Russia, southern France, on June 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENETJEAN CHRISTOPHE MAGNENET/AFP/Getty Images
An English supporter injured after a street brawl is helped by a rescue squad ahead of the Euro 2016 football match England vs Russia, southern France, on June 11, 2016.
A man lays unconscious after fights between England, Russian and French groups in Marseille, on June 11, 2016, on the sideline of the Euro 2016 European football championships. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
England fans gather in Marseille , on June 11, 2016, on the sideline of the Euro 2016 European football championships. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer throws a George Flag back to an England fan during fights between England, Russian and French groups in Marseille, on June 11, 2016, on the sideline of the Euro 2016 European football championships. / AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Rubbish lines the streets as England fans gather, cheer 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)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: England fans gather and cheer 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)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: <> on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: England fans gather and cheer 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)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: A man sits on a street sign and cheers with England fans during as England fans gather and cheer 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)
MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Police clash with England fans 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)

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky is confident his country will not be kicked out of Euro 2016 after receiving a suspended disqualification for fan disorder.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) was handed the sanction - plus a fine of £119,000 - in relation to offences of crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour inside Marseille's Stade Velodrome in Saturday's 1-1 draw with England.

However, UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body, which met in Paris to consider the case, has warned any further incidents of violence inside grounds at any of Russia's matches will result in the suspension being lifted and the country being expelled from the tournament.

"We are sure we are not going to be kicked out. There will not be any injustice," said Slutsky.

Striker Artem Dzyuba believes it would be "stupid" if Russia were to be sent home.

"We don't want to be disqualified for this situation," he said.

"Our supporters have to focus on supporting us and we have to show our best qualities.

"We want to be here and it would be a stupid thing and a big disappointment for the whole country if we go out.

"This is not a street fighting championship, it's the European football championship.

"Not only English and Russians, but other fans too. Please, let's focus on football."

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