A spokesman for the ministry clarified that the minister was not specifically calling for the two countries to face sanctions, but that he was merely supporting UEFA's decision to warn Russian Federation and England over their fans' future behaviour.

Three day of violent clashes between fans have prompted France to ban alcohol at Euro 2016 fan zones and other 'sensitive areas, ' Bernard Cazeneuve, the country's interior minister, said. But English fans were at the heart of days of mayhem in Marseille's Old Port district, which also involved French and Russian fans.

European soccer's governing body, UEFA, launched disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Union on Sunday after violence marred the end of Russia's Euro 2016 match against England in Marseille on Saturday evening. "The FUR made an announcement to the supporters", Mutko told R-Sport in a phone conversation. The two cities are just 40km apart, and England supporters have been instructed to stay in Lille because the infrastructure in Lens will not be able to cope with the numbers attending Thursday's game. "As soon as they spot their goal, they started to invade the England fans in the corner, ofcourse the English supporters ran and they had no where to go", an England fan said.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reported that England captain Wayne Rooney would record a message asking England fans to behave themselves following a severe threat that the country could be thrown out of the competition.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said six British nationals remain in hospital after supporters fought with Russian and local French hooligans over three consecutive days.

A statement from UEFA said the body was "disgusted" by the clashes that occurred in the Marseille city centre and expressed its serious concern over the incidents inside Stade Velodrome.

A UK government spokesman said: "The UK Government is deeply concerned by the violence in Marseille last night, including reports that in some cases England fans were attacked by rival supporters".

UEFA said that it would also investigate allegations of racist behavior and the throwing of missiles and fireworks.

"We know it will be complicated", said Philippe Malizard, a senior official for the northern Nord/Pas-de-Calais region, speaking in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Violence also briefly erupted in Nice, where Northern Irish and local fans hurled glass bottles and chairs at each other late on Saturday.

"There were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and (UEFA) will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums".

The spokesman said additional officers would be deployed to higher risk matches, such as Sunday's Turkey-Croatia fixture in Paris.

An Englishman was left fighting for his life and more than 30 people were injured.

He said video evidence collected by British police "spotters" would be handed over to French authorities to track down Russian hooligans.


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