Russia faces UEFA probe over stadium violence

The governing body is only taking action over the disorder inside the Stade Velodrome yesterday

Russia faces UEFA probe over stadium violence

Russia fans let off flares during a Euro 2016 match | Image: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire/Press Association Images

UEFA has charged Russia with crowd disorder and racist behaviour after ugly scenes overshadowed the Euro 2016 clash with England.

European football's governing body has not opened a case against the FA in the aftermath of the violence before and after the 1-1 draw yesterday.

England supporters were forced to flee shortly after the end of the match as thugs broke through a line of stewards and started attacking them in the Stade Velodrome.

Russia, which will host the World Cup in 2018, has also been charged over fireworks being set off inside the stadium.

UEFA says its control, ethics and disciplinary body will decide what action to take against Russia on Tuesday, before the team's second Euro 2016 game against Slovakia the following day.

UEFA is only taking action over the disorder inside the stadium, which was the climax to three days of violence between English, Russian and French fans in the port city.

Although UEFA holds national federations responsible for the behaviour of their supporters inside stadiums, it typically does not act on incidents elsewhere.

UEFA has also acknowledged there were segregation issues at the Stade Velodrome, and will act to improve security at stadiums.

Officials say at least 44 people were wounded in clashes between the fans before and after the game.

Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said most of the injuries were minor but four people were seriously hurt - including an England supporter who is in a serious but stable condition.

Fifteen people have been arrested, seven on Saturday and eight more on Sunday, Mr Nunez said.