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France’s interior minister urges sanctions against Russian, English teams

June 13, 2:35 UTC+3 PARIS
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the RFU after the events inside the stadium: crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and making racist insults
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PARIS, June 12. /TASS/. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has called to introduce sanctions against national football teams of England and Russia after Saturday’s violence in Marseille, the country’s interior ministry said in a statement.

"I welcome the UEFA decision to impose sanctions on the teams whose pseudo fans have committed crimes. There should be no clemency towards them from sports federations and sports bodies," Cazeneuve said.

"It is absolutely necessary that national football federations of those countries whose fans provoked disturbances are punished proportional to the seriousness of those incidents of which these people are accused of both inside the stadiums and outside them, what is more serious," the minister said.

Cazeneuve said the events in Marseille on Saturday are "absolutely unacceptable" both for the society, for the country’s authorities and for those who really love football. He also rejected criticism against police, saying the interior ministry is taking all the measures to ensure security at matches.

The national squads of England and Russia on Saturday ended their football group stage match at the Stade Velodrome, Marseille, in a draw 1-1. During the game, the Russian fans fired two flare guns and after the final whistle, the group rushed to the English fan sector. UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the RFU after the events inside the stadium: crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and making racist insults.

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