Russia fans will not repeat offences which could see the team thrown out of Euro 2016, coach Leonid Slutski said after UEFA imposed a suspended disqualification on the country yesterday after crowd trouble against England.
“We are sure that we are not going to be kicked out, there will be no injustice,” Slutski told a news conference yesterday.
“We are sure that our supporters will not give (UEFA) any reasons to disqualify our team,” said Slutski.
“We have addressed them through a public statement asking them to behave and I would like to do the same again.
“We need their support but it has to be within a legal framework.”
Striker Artem Dzyuba added: “We are very happy to be here and it would be very stupid if we were to be disqualified.”
Slutski also said Russia were the victims of a political campaign aimed at exonerating other fans involved in violence.
“I don’t understand the reaction of the British media, they are portraying England fans like angels,” he said.
“We don’t want any politics in football. Fans are more or less the same everywhere. The majority come to watch football and some go to matches to cause trouble. I don’t think only the Russian fans were to blame for the violence.”
Russia play Slovakia in Lille today and then take on Wales in their final group match in Toulouse next Monday.
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