PARIS — England coach Roy Hodgson and captain Wayne Rooney have appealed to supporters to behave after the team was threatened with being kicked out of the European Championship because of fan violence.
Video messages were published Monday, one day after UEFA warned the English and Russian soccer federations that the teams risk being disqualified for a repeat of days of disorder which blighted their opening match in Marseille on Saturday.
"I am obviously very concerned about the threat which is now hanging over us," Hodgson said in a 30-second message.
England was responding to UEFA's request to make a public declaration. On Sunday, the Russian federation called on supporters to "respect the opponents and their fans."
Russia next plays Slovakia on Wednesday in Lille, 30
Hodgson urged England fans ahead of its match to "stay out of trouble."
"We worked very hard to get here and we really desperately want to stay in the competition," Hodgson said.
Russian fans were blamed for fighting inside the stadium and the federation is expected to be punished by UEFA on Tuesday. UEFA could impose a fine and sanctions to apply in the Euro 2020 competition.
Still, England fans were at the
Rooney said in his video message that he "would like to ask the fans: Please, if you don't have a ticket, don't travel."
"Be safe, be sensible and continue with your great support for the players," Rooney said.
In a letter to UEFA, English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said he had "serious concerns around the security arrangements" around the England-Wales match.
"We would urge you to bring the policing authorities in both Lille and Lens together as soon as possible to ensure there is a co-ordinated and effective plan in place," Dyke wrote.
While Dyke condemned the "abhorrent scenes" involving some English fans in Marseille, he said UEFA was wrong to say English supporters were in part to blame for the fighting inside the stadium after the final whistle of the 1-1 draw. Dyke also criticized the stewarding arrangements, calling them "unacceptable."
Russia defender Roman Shishkin thanked the national team's fans on Monday for their support, though declined to address the issue of violence outside the stadium.
"We don't know what happened exactly on the streets," Shishkin said. "Our work is to play, to train, and we thank the supporters."
AP Sports Writer Steve Douglas contributed to this report.