Thursday, June 14, 2012

EURO 2012: UEFA PUNISHES RUSSIA WITH SIX POINT DEDUCTION FOR FANS' TROUBLE


Russia have been given a suspended six-point deduction by Uefa because of the behaviour of their fans during their 4 - 1 win against Czech Republic.

The penalty which is suspended for three and a half years and would apply to Euro 2016 qualifying, also includes a fine of £96,000 (120,000 euros).

Russia's Football Union said it would do all it could to avoid being "subjected to this severe 
punishment".

A spokesman said it had yet to decide whether to appeal against the punishment, which it was given three days to do.

And the union called on the country's fans to behave during the rest of Euro 2012

The sanction is for use of fireworks and display of far-right banners.

A separate incident in which fans attacked stewards, leaving four needing hospital treatment, is being investigated by Uefa and police.

And Russia, who will host the 2018 World Cup, could face further Uefa sanctions after their supporters were involved in violence before their game against Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland,which ended ina 1-1 draw, on Tuesday.

A march by thousands of Russian fans to mark their national day had to be halted and some missiles were thrown as supporters clashed with their Polish rivals.

Police say they arrested at least 120 people and that 10 people were injured.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his concern over the violence to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and insists the hosts should take more responsibility.


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