Football Association c hief executive Martin Glenn has written to England supporters warning them further disorder at Euro 2016 will not be tolerated.

Glenn has urged fans in France ahead of Thursday's game against Wales "to act in a positive and respectful way".

England have been warned they could face expulsion from the tournament if the violence which has surrounded their early involvement continues.

Ugly scenes involving supporters in Marseille dominated the build-up to last Saturday's game against Russia.

English supporters have also been the victims of violent attacks from Russian supporters, including inside the stadium. That has led to Russia being given a suspended disqualification from the tournament by organisers UEFA.

There have been repeated calls for calm, and for increased security, ahead of the Wales game in Lens.

In a letter to members of the England Supporters Travel Club, Glenn wrote: "We recognise that some of you were subjected to acts of violence from rival supporters in the stadium last weekend. It was truly appalling behaviour but you reacted admirably in difficult circumstances. We acknowledge UEFA's ruling against the Russian Football Union today.

"Turning towards ourselves, you will be aware that UEFA has warned us of our fans' contribution to the anti-social and violent scenes in Marseille leading up to the Russia match. It is something we take very seriously and while tens of thousands of you acted impeccably, there was a minority that did not.

"Like the England team, you represent the badge and I urge you to act in a positive and respectful way."

He added: "Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we will work with the relevant authorities to identify those supporters involved and issue sanctions where appropriate to our members.

"UK police also will monitor any such behaviour and those committing offences could face arrest or additional sanctions such as football banning orders when they return home.

"I ask you all to take heed of the advice being given and to continue to respect our hosts in France."

With Russia playing on Wednesday in nearby Lille, where many England fans are staying, a high-level security meeting has been held between UEFA, French authorities, UK police and the FAs of England and Wales.

Glenn says this will result in a "larger, more visible police presence in both Lens and Lille". Glenn also points out that a series of restrictions regarding the sale and consumption of alcohol will also be imposed.

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Cristiano Ronaldo criticised Iceland after the plucky minnows claimed a 1-1 draw against Portugal in their Euro 2016 opener.

Portugal wasted a series of chances and were held in the Group F clash in St Etienne after Birkir Bjarnason cancelled out Nani's opener.

Ronaldo told several national newspapers: "It was a little bit frustrating, we tried hard to win the game, Iceland didn't try anything.

"They scored a goal, they created two chances in the 90 minutes and otherwise they got every player behind the ball, they put the bus in the net.

"So it's difficult when one team don't try, but Portugal try and play football and try to win the game.

"Iceland didn't try anything, they were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counter-attack. It was a lucky night for them."

The game marked Iceland's first appearance at a major tournament, and the country is the smallest to feature at a European Championship, with a population of just 330,000.

Ronaldo, who spurned a number of chances himself, said: "I thought they'd won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end, it was unbelievable.

"When they don't try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition."

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Russia's Group B match with Slovakia will come under increased scrutiny in Lille as the country has the threat of Euro 2016 expulsion hanging over it.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) was handed a suspended disqualification - plus a fine of £119,000 - in relation to crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behaviour inside Marseille's Stade Velodrome in Saturday's 1-1 draw with England.

UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body's sanctions mean any further disorder at their remaining matches will see Russia kicked out of the tournament.

Coach Leonid Slutsky is confident that will not happen.

"We are sure we are not going to be kicked out. There will not be any injustice," said Slutsky in a press conference.

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. It's the 21st century," he said.

"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."

However, UEFA's sanctions apply only to incidents inside grounds and the majority of the trouble at the weekend happened in the city centre.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke wrote to UEFA on Monday to complain stewarding at England's match with Russia was "unacceptable" and express "serious concerns" about security arrangements ahead of the clash with Wales in Lens on Thursday.

UEFA has subsequently replied expressing its desire to work jointly with the FA and the authorities to address the issues raised in the letter.

There remains a concern of potential trouble in Lille, though, as many England fans are staying there because of its proximity to Lens.

More British police officers trained in football disorder are being deployed to France.

Home Secretary Theresa May briefed the Cabinet on the move, including the deployment of additional British Transport Police officers on rail services around the area, following a request from the French authorities.

Fabienne Buccio, prefect of the Pas-de-Calais region, said Lens would be "in lockdown".

He added: "We will have a strong police presence with more than 1,200 police officers present in Lens and you can add 1,200 more with the private security that will be mobilised that day.

"They will be present in the stands ready in order to intervene quickly in the stadium if there are clashes between supporters."

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Gareth Bale shrugs off claims that Wales are a "one-man team" and says the Dragons' strength is their unity but the Real Madrid forward is the man England must stop if they are to kick-start their Euro 2016 campaign.

Bale is in possibly the best form of his career and scored in Wales' 2-1 victory over Slovakia in their tournament opener.

Here, Press Association Sport looks into why England have every reason to fear Bale in Lens on Thursday.

How was his form in the Euro qualifiers?

Tasty. Bale had a hand in nine of Wales' 11 goals in qualifying: scoring seven and assisting a further two. That was a higher share than any other player at the finals. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the only other player at Euro 2016 with greater than 50 per cent: 12 of Sweden's 19 (11 goals, one assist). Kyle Lafferty was involved in half of Northern Ireland's (eight out of 16, seven goals and one assist).

So was it all down to lucky finishing?

Hardly. Bale scores all type of goals and took more shots than any other player in qualifying: 50 (one more than Ibrahimovic's 49 with Rooney third on 45). This accounted for 42.4 per cent of the 118 shots that Wales took during qualifying: also the highest percentage by far. Ibrahimovic's efforts accounted for 37.1 per cent of Sweden's 132 and Rooney's 45 just 24.2 per cent of England's 186.

How has his accuracy been at Euro 2016?

Spot on. Against Slovakia all five of his shots were on target - including scoring with Wales' first ever goal attempt at the Euros. Compare that to his team-mates testing the Slovakia goalkeeper only three times between them. Aaron Ramsey had two shots on target and Hal Robson-Kanu one, the latter proving to be the winner to put Wales top of Group B.

Has he been the Real deal, though?

This season Bale has racked up goals for Real Madrid at his highest-ever rate, narrowly eclipsing his final season at Tottenham. Despite missing a chunk of the season through injury, his goal against Slovakia saw him match last season's combined tally for club and country with 22 strikes. He's needed just 36 games to reach this total, whereas it took him 54 appearances in the 2014/15 season. This works out as 0.61 goals per game, edging his 2012/13 Spurs season where 31 goals in 52 games gave him a marginally lower average of 0.60.

So how do you contain him?

It's almost impossible because he's such an all-round threat. His dipping 25-yard free kick against Slovakia can be added to another two strikes from outside the penalty area during qualifying - trademark dead-ball efforts. He also has a prodigious spring and scored with two headers, as well as three clinical finishes from inside the box to spearhead Wales' first qualification for a major finals since 1958. His £85.3million transfer to Real in 2012 made him the most expensive player in the world, now at 26 years of age he is most definitely one of the very best.

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With next season's Premier League fixture list revealed, managers and their coaching staff will have already started putting plans in place for their first few games while their players are still on a combination of holiday and international duty.

football.co.uk has analysed the opening day records of each Premier League club over the last 20 seasons to see which bosses will be under the most pressure to start well.

:: New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will need to get off to a good start against West Ham if he is to extend the Blues' impressive run of 17 consecutive opening day matches without defeat, a sequence stretching back to a 2-1 defeat at Coventry in August 1998. Since then they have started 14 Premier League campaigns with a win and only three with a draw. Last season's 2-2 draw with Swansea was the start of the decline of Jose Mourinho's title winners.

:: Maintaining the next-longest unbeaten opening-day run also falls to a newly-appointed Italian manager - Walter Mazzarri at nearby Watford. The Hornets can make it a 10th successive curtain-raiser without defeat when they play Southampton away, having last lost one when they travelled to Everton at the start of the 2006/07 season. That turned into a nightmare campaign that saw them win just one of their first 22 matches.

:: It is definitely not a question of there being something in the water as some of Chelsea's other neighbours have been starting far less well in recent years. Arsenal have won just one of their last six opening day matches, although prior to that they had prevailed in eight out of nine, and Crystal Palace have been victorious just once in their last five attempts after only losing one of the previous 10.

:: Two clubs hoping for a better-than-usual start to the season will be Stoke (against Middlesbrough) and Sunderland (against Man City). Both have failed to win any of their last six opening-day fixtures and have only triumphed in two of their last 10. However both have enjoyed better fortunes over the past two decades than West Brom (v Crystal Palace), who are the only top-flight side to have lost over half of their last 20 opening matches (11) and have won just three. With a solitary win and two draws from their last nine attempts, the Baggies may feel they are due a bit of luck.

:: The only other Premier League side with as few wins are Southampton, who need to fill their managerial position before they can think about improving their chances of a brighter-than-usual start to their campaign.

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The order in which teams face each other has an often-overlooked impact on how a domestic season plays out, with runs of tough and easy fixtures driving many of the twists and turns we see in title races and relegation battles.

Here football.c.uk looks at how the newly-released Premier League fixture list could shape the 2016/17 season.

MANCHESTER CITY SHOULD START AND END WELL

Pep Guardiola's arrival makes Manchester City the early favourites for the 2016/17 Premier League title and the fixture list gives them the easiest-looking start of any front-runner. Of the six clubs with average title odds shorter than 10/1, based on an aggregation of the leading bookmakers' current prices, City are the only one who face only two of the others before the end of November. The rest - Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool - each face a title rival four times in this period.

City are also set to finish the season with one of the most straightforward run-ins. After a tough sequence which sees them play four of their five closest challengers in the space of six games, their final seven matches include encounters with four relegation favourites, so a late surge in form looks likely.

LEICESTER WILL NEED TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

While Leicester's opening match against newly-promoted Hull gives them a good chance of avoiding becoming the first ever Premier League champions to lose the first match of their title defence, few teams have a tougher-looking start to their campaign. The Foxes are the only club to face five of the current six title favourites in their first 10 fixtures, so they will face a stern early examination of their ability to repeat last season's incredible title win.

HULL'S TOUGH GAMES ARE LIKE BUSES

After facing the defending champions in their first match back in the top flight, things do not get much easier for Hull. The Tigers go on to meet four of the clubs considered most likely to claim the title in their following six games and also have to face four of them back-to-back in mid-January.

Fellow promoted side Middlesbrough should enjoy a much gentler return to the top flight; they do not have to play one of the division's giants until their sixth match. However Boro will need to have plenty of points on the board before a daunting run-in which sees them face four of the six title favourites in their last six games.

RONALD KOEMAN CAN MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

The fixture list has been kind to new Everton boss Ronald Koeman, whose new charges will face three of the six relegation favourites in his first five matches at the helm. If the Dutchman can successfully navigate a tough opening game, which sees Tottenham visit Goodison Park, he has the opportunity to endear himself to the Toffees' faithful during winnable-looking encounters with West Brom, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

TONY PULIS CAN QUICKLY SILENCE THE DOUBTERS

After some unconvincing displays last season, West Brom are among the early relegation favourites this time around. However with none of the Baggies' first seven matches pitting them against one of the title favourites, there could be a rapid reassessment of their prospects if they can take advantage by racking up a few early wins. The fact that five of their final 10 fixtures are against clubs expected to finish in the top six provides a more powerful incentive for Tony Pulis to ensure his charges start this season well.

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Jose Mourinho will begin life as Manchester United manager in the Premier League on the south coast at Bournemouth.

The new season's fixtures which were announced on Wednesday morning saw Mourinho's United given a trip to face Eddie Howe's men on the weekend of August 13.

But that is far from the most eye-catching fixture on a first day of a new season that has several sub-plots.

A block-busting opener between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates catches the eye, while champions Leicester start at promoted Hull.

New Manchester City boss and an old adversary of Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, will have his first taste of English football at home to Sunderland.

In a tasty-looking London derby Antonio Conte's first assignment as Chelsea manager is a home game with West Ham.

Two former Southampton bosses go head-to-head at Goodison as new Everton manager Ronald Koeman plays host to Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham, while new boys Burnley are at home to Swansea and Middlesbrough welcome Stoke to the Riverside.

Finally on the opening day, Southampton - now looking to replace Koeman - are at home to Watford and Crystal Palace at home to West Brom.

It is a show-stopping opening weekend in the Premier League and the anticipation drips into subsequent weekends, with the second round of games pitting last season's first against second against each other as Leicester host Arsenal.

But although Leicester are worthy champions, plenty of fans will be heading straight for Manchester United's fixtures to see when Mourinho will come up against not only Guardiola but his old club Chelsea.

Mourinho and the Blues were synonymous with each other for a number of years as he won three Premier League titles at the Bridge, but after they sacked him for a second time in December, he decided it was time to manage another English club.

He will return to Chelsea on October 22, with Chelsea in Manchester on April 15, while he and Guardiola will meet on September 10 (Old Trafford) and February 25 (Etihad).

Other notable derby games put Everton and Liverpool against each other on December 17 (Goodison) and April 1 (Anfield), with Arsenal and Tottenham meeting on November 5 (Emirates) and April 29 (White Hart Lane).

The festive period sees games on Boxing Day and New Years Eve, with Guardiola spending his first Christmas Day in England preparing for a December 26 clash at Hull.

Liverpool host Manchester City in a fine-looking game to see out 2016, while on the same day Mourinho will take on his former assistant in the shape of Aitor Karanka and his Middlesbrough side.

The season runs through to May 21 with reigning champions Leicester closing against Bournemouth, Manchester United at home to Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Watford.

Arsenal will hope there is something riding on their closer at home to Everton, as will Chelsea at home to Sunderland while Spurs finish things off at Hull.

Elsewhere on the last day, Burnley face West Ham, Liverpool play Middlesbrough, Southampton host Stoke and Swansea take on West Brom.

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The Premier League fixtures were announced this morning.

Here, football.co.uk takes a look at some of the talking points.

DERBY DAYS

New Manchester bosses Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will not have to wait long for their first taste of a derby, with Guardiola's City travelling to Old Trafford on September 10. Before that, London rivals Chelsea and West Ham meet at Stamford Bridge on the opening day, with north-east pair Sunderland and Middlesbrough shaping up on the second weekend. Arsenal and Tottenham must wait a little longer - they are slated to meet on November 5 - while Liverpool and Everton first clash on December 17 at Christmas at Goodison Park.

BLUES CAN FINISH WITH A FLOURISH

If Chelsea are still in the running for the title with three games remaining, new boss Antonio Conte might be heartened by their run-in. The Blues have home games against newly-promoted Middlesbrough and perennial strugglers Sunderland, with a trip to West Brom sandwiched in between.

DID THE LEAGUE LISTEN TO SAM?

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce said earlier this year it was "diabolical" top-flight clubs had Premier League fixtures the Tuesday and Wednesday after third-round weekend. There is no midweek programme this year - and the Black Cats are at home before and after.

.BUT MAKE HIM PAY ELSEWHERE?

When the fixtures come out, many fans check their first day, Boxing Day and last day opponents. Sunderland fans may not like what they see - they are at City, United and Chelsea respectively. Four other teams are also on the road in these three rounds, Stoke, Tottenham, West Brom and West Ham. In contrast, five teams get lucky with three home games - Arsenal, Chelsea, Burnley, Hull and Southampton.

CONGESTION

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said the biggest challenge facing Guardiola would be adapting to the busiest fixture list in the world. The 2016/17 campaign finishes a week later than it did this year because there is no European Championship - but clubs still face three games in a week between December 26 and January 2.

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Birkir Bjarnason was the hero of the hour as Iceland began their Euro 2016 adventure with a 1-1 draw against Portugal.


Making their debuts on this stage, Iceland looked overawed for much of the first half conceding an opener to Nani.

Keeper Hannes Halldorsson kept very busy by Portugal, saving another close-range header from Nani, as well as powerful effort from Cristiano Ronaldo late on.


But after getting over their initial nerves, Iceland levelled straight after half-time, Bjarnason peeling away from Vieirinha at the back post and volleying Johann Gudmondsson’s cross past Rui Patricio.


They’d had the opening chance of the game, Gylfi Sigurdsson forcing a good save out of Patricio on three minutes.

But from then on Portugal dominated the first half, and got their reward on the half-hour when Vieirinha and Andre Gomes combined brilliantly to find Nani in the middle for a simple finish.


Leading at the break, Portugal appeared stunned by the equalizer, but had a number of chances to sneak the win in the second half.


However with four minutes to go Iceland could have taken all three points, sub Alfred Finnbogason stinging the hands of Patricio after making some space for himself.

 

STATS

Iceland 1

Bjarnason 50

 

Portugal 1

Nani 31

 

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir 7/10

Match rating: 3/5

Attendance: 38,742

Star man: Hannes Halldorsson (Iceland)

 

Iceland: (4-4-2): Halldorsson 8, Saeversson 7, R Sigurdsson 6, Arnason 6, Skulason 5, Gunnarsson 7, G Sigurdsson 7, Gudmundsson 7 (E Bjarnason 90 N/A), B Bjarnason 7, Sigthorsson 5 (Finnbogason 81 6), Bodvarsson 6

 

Portugal: (4-4-2): Rui Patricio 7, Vierinha 7, Pepe 7, Carvalho 7, Guerreiro 6, Mario 6 (Quaresma 76 6), Danilo 6, Gomes 7 (Eder 84 6), Moutinho 6 (Sanches 71 5), Nani 7, Ronaldo 6

Sonny Weems
Sonny Weems
Maccabi Tel-Aviv continued to beef up their roster for the upcoming season. They agreed on terms of a two-year deal with Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas). The guard is coming back to EuroLeague after a season overseas. He played for the Phoenix Suns avering 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. Previously Sonny Weems spent three seasons with CSKA Moscow. He was named All-EuroLeague Import Player of the Year back in 2014.


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