Russia: UEFA sanctions for fan violence are severe

Russia’s football federation says it will do all it can to avoid

”severe” UEFA sanctions imposed after the country’s fans attacked

stadium stewards at their team’s first European Championship


UEFA fined the Russians ?120,000 ($150,000) on Wednesday

following violence at the team’s 4-1 defeat of the Czech Republic

last Friday in Wroclaw.

It also said Russia will lose six points in its next European

Championship qualification campaign if there is a repeat of such

violence from its fans at Euro 2012.

The Russian federation said in a statement Thursday it will do

all it can to avoid being ”subjected to this severe punishment.”

It adds that it has the power to seek compensation from hooligans

if it is forced to pay UEFA fines.