By Adebayo Williams
Russia fans, again, lit flares at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, venue of their second group game at the ongoing European Championships in France, after UEFA had issued the country a suspended disqualification. The Russians have been a constant threat to England fans in the country carrying out ‘military-styled’ attacks on them after their 1-1 draw with the Three Lions. Their violent misconduct led to the issuance of the warning as well as a £120,000 fine to the country. The fans were again seen with lit flares in their 2-1 loss to Slovakia with observers waiting to see if UEFA will make good their threat of banning the country.
Slovakia beat Russia 2-1 thanks to first half goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik. Glushakov’s header in the 80th minute gave Russia hope of an equaliser but it never arrived.
England, also warned about their fans’ violent conduct, have pleaded with their fans to be of good behaviour or risk seeing their country kicked out of the Euros. Coach Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney released a video to appeal to the country’s fans for orderliness.