The Latest: Russian fans urged to behave to avoid expulsion

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):


4 p.m.

Russian soccer officials have urged their fans to behave to avoid being kicked out of the European Championship by UEFA.

The governing body of European soccer has threatened to kick Russia out of the tournament if the team’s fans cause more violence in stadiums.

The Russian soccer federation has asked fans to “behave correctly and obey rules of behavior in stadiums and public places” because “the Russian national team and millions of fans in our country should not suffer because of thoughtless acts by individuals.”

The federation also says the UEFA punishment is “excessively severe.”


2:55 p.m.

The Slovakian soccer federation has urged its fans to avoid Russian and England supporters in the northern French cities of Lille and lens.

Slovakia faces Russia on Wednesday in Lille in its second Group B game. England plays Wales on Thursday in nearby Lens.

UEFA on Tuesday said Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more violence from the team’s fans inside stadiums in France.

The federation says Slovak fans should avoid places where groups of English or Russian supporters gather, not to react to any provocation and to immediately leave a scene of a conflict.


2:50 p.m.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says there will be no appeal against a UEFA ruling threatening disqualification from the European Championship for more acts of violence by the team’s fans.

Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union, says “the punishment is excessive” and calls the 150,000 euro ($169,000) fine “huge,” but says “there is no sense in appealing.”

Mutko comments were reported by Russian news agency R-Sport.

UEFA said more fan violence from Russians inside the stadium at any of the team’s remaining games would trigger expulsion from the tournament.

Mutko, however, says it would be wrong to expel Russia’s team for the misdeeds of its fans.

Russia was charged after its fans attacked English supporters following a 1-1 draw in Marseille on Saturday.


2:30 p.m.

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky says “we are sure we are not going to be kicked out (of Euro 2016).”

Slutsky’s was speaking Tuesday shortly after UEFA’s disciplinary body said Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more fan violence inside stadiums in France after its fans attacked English rivals in Marseille after Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Russia’s next match is against Slovakia on Wednesday in Lille.

Slutsky says “there is not going to be any injustice. We are sure (our fans) will not do the same, they will not give any reasons to disqualify our team.”

Russia, which was also charged over fan racism and fireworks being set off during the game, has been fined 150,000 euros ($169,000) by UEFA.

Slutsky says “we have addressed our supporters and asked them to behave within the framework of rules. We need their support. They supported us very well during the England game.”

Russia forward Artem Dzyuba says the players “don’t want to be disqualified from Euro 2016 because of this kind of situation. … Our supporters have to focus on just supporting us and we will try to show our best qualities in order to play in this competition.”


1:50 p.m.

The English Football Association says it has contacted players’ families and given them advice ahead of Thursday’s match between England and Wales at the European Championship, which is being played amid tightened security after fan trouble last week.

There was fighting inside and outside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille when England played Russia on Saturday. The wife of England striker Jamie Vardy says she got caught up in the violence.

FA spokesman Mark Whittle said Tuesday there is a private website for family members and friends that players can access to receive up-to-date information and that the FA has staff in place to give safety advice to concerned family members.

England midfielder Adam Lallana has friends and family coming to the match against Wales and says “we’ve just got to hope the security is there and we trust everyone to do their job.”


11:55 a.m.

UEFA’s disciplinary body says Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more fan violence inside stadiums in France.

Russia was charged after its fans attacked English rivals in Marseille after Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Russia, which was also charged over fan racism and fireworks being set off during the game, has been fined 150,000 euros ($169,000) by UEFA.

UEFA says Russia’s “disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament. Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament.”

Russia has two more games in Group B.


11:40 a.m.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Russian soccer fans in France should observe the law and he has urged them not to respond to any “provocations.”

“Violations of the law have been committed by fans from various nations, who have gone on rampages in Marseille and some other places. It’s absolutely unacceptable, and we certainly expect our citizens to respect the country’s laws,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call. “Regrettably, fans from various nations have taken part in those rampages, regrettably including Russia.”

Asked about statements from some Russian officials who praised Russian fans for their action, Peskov said he disagrees.

“I can’t agree with those statements, and in any case they can’t represent the official viewpoint,” he said.

Responding to questions about a bus full of Russian soccer fans who face deportation from France, he said that Russian consular officials are doing what is necessary to ensure their rights.


11:25 a.m.

A bus carrying Russian fans has been detained near the French city of Nice amid concerns over hooligan violence after Russian fans attacked English supporters last week.

A local official says a bus carrying 29 Russian fans was stopped by police after leaving a hotel near the Cote d’Azur town of Mandelieu-La Napoule on Tuesday.

Prefecture communications chief Ariane Parachini says police stopped the fans to see whether any hooligans were among them. An unspecified number have been taken to detention centers, a possible prelude to deportation.

Russian Embassy spokesman Sergei Parinov confirmed the episode.

Russia will play Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday, and England faces Wales the next day in Lens, raising the prospect of more clashes.


11:10 a.m.

German police are appealing for people to come forward with video recordings of violence involving suspected German hooligans before their country’s opening European Championship match in Lille.

The Federal Criminal Police Office on Tuesday called for witnesses to submit material via its website at and said the portal will remain in place for other games at the tournament.

Authorities have said that two people were slightly injured in Lille on Sunday during violence involving supporters from Germany and Ukraine. The incidents took place hours before Germany beat Ukraine 2-0 in the northern city.


11 a.m.

French authorities say a 2,400-strong security force is being deployed in Lens as the town prepares for an influx of 40,000 to 50,000 England and Wales fans for Thursday’s European Championship game.

The policing operation in Euro 2016’s smallest host city and its 35,000-capacity stadium has been intensified after clashes involving England and Russia fans around their opening Group B game in Marseille.

Regional administration head Fabienne Buccio says 1,200 police officers and the same number of private security guards will be in Lens, whose population can fit in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Police will be at the stadium to help separate fans. UEFA acknowledged there were segregation problems at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome.

Buccio says supermarkets around Lens will be banned from selling alcohol on Wednesday and Thursday.