Belfast Telegraph

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

By Carl Markham

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."

Russia v Slovakia, Euro 2016 Group B: Lille, Today, 2.00pm

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