A group of 20 Russian football fans were expelled from Euro 2016 host country France on Saturday following serious unrest surrounding their team’s opening match against England in Marseille.
The deported Russians left a detention centre in the city bound for Nice to board a flight back to Moscow. Among them was the ultra-nationalist leader of the Russian football supporters’ association, Alexander Shprygin.
UEFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Russia’s football authorities after hooligans stormed England supporters in Marseille’s Velodrome Stadium following the final whistle last weekend. It has warned that both countries could be disqualified from the tournament if disorder involving fans continues.
Violence surrounding the match has seen three Russians jailed for up to two years by French courts.
Six England fans have received shorter sentences.