Euro 2016: England and Russia could be disqualified if there is further violence says UEFA

England fans were involved in violence even before the Euro 2016 kick-started.

The Euro 2016 kick-started on 10 June when host nation France sealed a 2-1 victory over Romania, courtesy of a fantastic goal by West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet.

The day after that, 11 June, Saturday was when England settled for a 1-1 draw against Russia. The latter scored a late equalizer to steal three points from the Three Lions. Many would have thought that this would make news and it did, but what happened a day before and also on the day of the match that left football fans (if not all, the majority of them) disappointed.

Russian fans attacked English supporters the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and that left several English fans injured. The violence was not just restricted to the stadium as it was across the city on Friday and on Saturday (after the match), involving England and Russia supporters and also local hooligans that left several football fans injured.

UEFA has condemned the incident that took place at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and have already opened a disciplinary proceeding against Russia. They have warned that both England and Russia could be disqualified from Euro 2016, if their fans are involved in further violence.

"The UEFA Executive Committee would like to express its disgust for the violent clashes which occurred in the city of Marseille," a UEFA statement read, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"Such unacceptable behaviour by so-called supporters of the national teams of England and Russia has no place in football, a sport we must protect and defend.

"The UEFA Executive Committee has warned both football associations that - irrespective of any decisions taken by the independent disciplinary bodies relating to incidents inside the stadium - it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association (FA) and the Russian Football Union (RFU), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again.

"We urge both the FA and the RFU to appeal to their supporters to behave in a responsible and respectful manner.

"We would also like to publicly voice our support for the work of the French authorities and security forces for their efforts to deliver a safe and secure tournament in challenging circumstances."