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Euro 2016: Uefa opens discplinary proceedings against Russia after Marseille rioting

Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Union of Russia after fans clashed at the 1-1 draw between England and Russia in their Euro 2016 match in Marseille.

The administrative body for football in Europe expressed “utter disgust” at the violence at the Stade Velodrome.

Uefa has not opened any case against the English Football Association.

An England fan was left fighting for his life after violence broke out on the streets of Marseille for the third day in a row.

Uefra said it a statement: “This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.

“There were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities.”

The control, ethics and disciplinary bodies of Uefa will judge the Russia case on Tuesday ahead of their second Euro 2016 Group B match against Slovakia on Wednesday.

Charges against Russia are for crowd disturbances, racist behaviour, and setting off fireworks, it confirmed.

England fans were charged by large sections of the Russian support, with video footage showing how many clambered over seats and stanchions to escape the stadium.

No segregation was in place between the two sets of supporters bar a blue sheet of tarpaulin which could easily be traversed.

French eye-witness media reports placed most of the blame for Saturday’s violence in Marseille on small, well-organised “commandos” of Russian hooligans.

Witnesses said trouble began in the stadium after flares were let off by Russian fans near the end of the game.

Some then climbed across barrRussia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he was expecting Uefa to announce it would fine Russia.

"We behaved incorrectly," R-Sport news agency reported him as saying.

The France coach, Didier Deschamps, has condemned the violence in Marseille. “It’s sad to see this,” Deschamps said on the television channel TF1. “It sends chills down your spine. These people are not fans. They use football to do acts of barbarism, violence.”iers designed to keep rival fans apart, and a number of Russia supporters appeared to kick and punch fleeing England fans.

Meanwhile the injured England supporter was reportedly in a critical condition after sustaining a serious head injury in an attack by Russian football hooligans. Paramedics were seen giving the 51-year-old CPR on the pavement but his condition was unknown.

French police used water cannon and tear gas on rioters as England football fans were involved in bloody clashes in Marseille for the third day running.

Fist fights and bottle throwing broke out between the supporters and their Russian and French counterparts in Marseille's Old Port on Saturday afternoon.

Broken glass lay strewn across the square and crunched underfoot as the police fired tear gas into the crowds causing them to run.

Fans were seen being beaten to the floor and repeatedly kicked in the head.

One English fan was seen sat on the floor covered in blood with a bandage round his head while another man was reportedly given CPR and taken to hospital after an apparent cardiac arrest.

French paper L'Equipe reported that one England fan had to be resuscitated after being beaten by Russian hooligans and four others were also hurt.

Police water cannon arrived to try to control the fighting as they struggled to hold back the different groups.

Bloodied fans were seen fleeing the scene as missiles continued to be thrown.

Some of the streets close to the port were left covered in streams of blood and broken glass.

Eyewitnesses said a group of Russian hooligans arrived before fighting began.

Chairs from outside bars and cafes had been smashed apart and used as weapons. Some were covered in blood.

Car windscreens had also been smashed during the fighting.

Onlookers said the area looked "like a war zone".

Hundreds of people were contained within the area by a long line of riot police police who had formed a line.

Some people were chanting "England" or "Russia".

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