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UEFA Promises To Boot Russia From Euros Upon Next Incident Of In-Stadium Fan Violence

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Even if more than a couple bigwigs in Russian sport don’t, UEFA apparently does take seriously the problems that Russian hooligans have caused so far in this Euro 2016 tournament—namely, of course, the problem of them beating the life out of dozens of English fans. Today, UEFA announced stiff penalties for the Russian football union:


Because UEFA only has jurisdiction on what happens inside the stadium, any future potential violence that takes place out on the streets will not trigger the disqualification. To confront the hooligan problem more directly, the French government has started the process of deporting Russian fans they’ve tied to the Marseille fights.

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