Russia face six-point deduction

Russia will spend the next three-and-a-half years playing under the threat of a six-point deduction for their 2016 European Championship qualify campaign after Uefa today got tough over the behaviour of their fans.

The Russian Football Union were also fined €120,000 for the "improper conduct" of their supporters during their opening Euro 2012 Group A match against Czech Republic on Friday.
Uefa said in a statement: "The Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body has today decided to impose a deduction of six points on the Football Union of Russia (RFS) in the qualifying round of the next Uefa European Football Championship.

Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings 24 hours after Russia's 4-1 win in Wroclaw on Friday night.
Violence erupted at the game when a handful of stewards were attacked by groups of fans in a walkway in the 40,000-capacity Municipal Stadium.

Reports claimed four members of stadium staff were taken to hospital and released later that evening.
Footage released online the following morning showed one steward left in a heap on the ground after being set upon by several assailants, while another was kicked in the head while trying to evade a lone attacker.

Supporters in the stands also set off and threw fireworks and displayed a nationalist 'Russian Empire' flag, something which has been associated with the far right.
It was unclear this afternoon if Uefa's punishment was also for the alleged monkey chants aimed at Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie or whether that would be dealt with separately.

Today's sanctions are a huge embarrassment for Russia, who are under increasing pressure to deal with supporter problems having been named hosts for the 2018 World Cup.


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