Russia coach Leonid Slutsky is confident his country will not be kicked out of Euro 2016 after receiving a suspended disqualification for fan disorder.
The Russian Football Union was handed the sanction plus a fine of €150,000 over offences of crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour inside Marseille’s Stade Velodrome in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with England.
However, Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body, which met in Paris to consider the case, has warned any further incidents of violence inside grounds at any of Russia’s matches will result in the suspension being lifted and the country being expelled from the tournament.
“We are sure we are not going to be kicked out. There will not be any injustice,” said Slutsky ahead of today’s clash with Slovakia in Lille.
Striker Artem Dzyuba believes it would be “stupid” if Russia were to be sent home having now had a warning.
“We don’t want to be disqualified for this situation. Our supporters have to focus on supporting us and we have to show our best qualities. We want to be here and it would be a stupid thing and a big disappointment for the whole country if we go out.
“This is not a street-fighting championship, it’s the European football championship.
“We don’t want things to be presented that there is a group of people trying to fight. Not only English and Russians, but other fans too. Please, let’s focus on football,” he said.
Slutsky knows Russia still face a major test to qualify for the next phase.
“In terms of being euphoric [after drawing with England], there is no chance of that,” he said. “There has not been a single game so far that has been dominated by one team. We would not say we are favourites in this match
“We need to play the way we did against England. I don’t think it will be any harder but I know it won’t be easier either. Every team in this group still has a chance of getting through.”
Slovakia boss Jan Kozak said: “The Wales defeat was unnecessary and when we reviewed it, we saw that the Welsh made more mistakes; we just couldn’t take our chances. But we did make mistakes and now we have a chance to make amends against Russia.”
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