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France: Slutski asks Russia fans to behave amid Euro 2016 disqualification threat 03:04

France: Slutski asks Russia fans to behave amid Euro 2016 disqualification threat

France, Lille
June 14, 2016 at 16:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

Head coach of the Russian national football team, Leonid Slutski, called all on Russia's fans to behave ahead of their showdown with Slovakia, during a press conference at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, Tuesday.

The support of the Russian fans "is so important for us," stated Slutski, before adding "But we would like to stress or we even insist that it is necessary to focus on the support of the national team within the framework of rules and permitted means. And everything that can threaten [the national football team], and at the present moment this threat is quite real, should be excluded."

"We are sure that our fans won't any longer allow themselves such a behaviour which can lead to the disqualification of the national team," he added.

However, Slutski stressed that English fans were whistling during the national anthem of the Russian team which is a "a flagrant violation of all ethical norms," according to the coach." Fans around the world are more or less the same. I mean there are people who come to support their teams and there are people who come to insult their opponent and show themselves to the best advantage by means of insult and loutish behaviour," he explained.

Russian attacker, Artem Dzyuba, stressed that the team is "very happy" to participate in the tournament and it could be "a huge stupidity and disappointment for the team and for the whole country" if the team is disqualified from the tournament in case of another violent incident between fans.

Russia has been given a suspended disqualification notice from UEFA following Saturday's violence, dependent on the behaviour of the team's fans. They were also fined €150,000 ($168,189) following the game against England.

France: Slutski asks Russia fans to behave amid Euro 2016 disqualification threat 03:04
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Head coach of the Russian national football team, Leonid Slutski, called all on Russia's fans to behave ahead of their showdown with Slovakia, during a press conference at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Lille, Tuesday.

The support of the Russian fans "is so important for us," stated Slutski, before adding "But we would like to stress or we even insist that it is necessary to focus on the support of the national team within the framework of rules and permitted means. And everything that can threaten [the national football team], and at the present moment this threat is quite real, should be excluded."

"We are sure that our fans won't any longer allow themselves such a behaviour which can lead to the disqualification of the national team," he added.

However, Slutski stressed that English fans were whistling during the national anthem of the Russian team which is a "a flagrant violation of all ethical norms," according to the coach." Fans around the world are more or less the same. I mean there are people who come to support their teams and there are people who come to insult their opponent and show themselves to the best advantage by means of insult and loutish behaviour," he explained.

Russian attacker, Artem Dzyuba, stressed that the team is "very happy" to participate in the tournament and it could be "a huge stupidity and disappointment for the team and for the whole country" if the team is disqualified from the tournament in case of another violent incident between fans.

Russia has been given a suspended disqualification notice from UEFA following Saturday's violence, dependent on the behaviour of the team's fans. They were also fined €150,000 ($168,189) following the game against England.

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