UEFA gives Russia 6 points suspended deduction


By Alex Byrom
Referees Editor from Warsaw


Russia has been given a suspended six-point deduction by UEFA due to the behaviour of their fans during their 4-1 win against Czech Republic on the opening day of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Action was taken after the use of fireworks and far-right banners used as a Political protest.

There was also an incident in which fans attacked stewards, leaving four needing hospital treatment, which is being investigated by Europe’s Governing body and the Police.

The 6 point penalty will apply to the qualifying campaign of Euro 2016 in France, and also includes a fine of £96,000 (€120,000).

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

His spokesman Dmitry Peskov added: "[Mr] Putin stressed that organisers of such international tournaments bear full responsibility for the safety of fans from other countries on their territory."

Russia, who will host the 2018 World Cup, could face further sanctions after their supporters were involved in violence before their game against Poland, which was drawn 1-1, 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.

Inside the ground, Russian fans also displayed a provocative banner.

The Russian Football Union will appeal against the punishment.


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