Russia fined ?30,000 for Euro 2012 fan behavior

UEFA fined the Russian football association ?30,000 ($37,800) on

Sunday for ”improper conduct” by fans at a European Championship

match against Poland.

The European football body said its disciplinary panel

determined that Russian fans displayed ”illicit” nationalist

flags and threw fireworks onto the pitch. One man ran across the

pitch carrying a Russia flag after Tuesday’s match.

The punishment adds to Russia’s ?120,000 ($150,000) fine imposed

after fans attacked stadium staff in Wroclaw at its first match

against the Czech Republic.

Russia was eliminated from Euro 2012 after losing 1-0 against

Greece on Saturday.

Its football association earned ?10.5 million ($13.3 million) in

participation and prize money from UEFA for the team placing third

in Group A behind the Czechs and Greece.

UEFA had also threatened Russia with a six-point deduction in

its Euro 2016 qualifying group if fan violence is repeated during

qualification matches.

Sunday’s punishment does not activate the points penalty, UEFA

said in a statement. The deduction remains suspended.

Russia is weighing an appeal against the first round of

punishments, and can also challenge the new sanctions.

The offending flags were a black, yellow and white design used

by the 19th-century Russian empire. The case did not relate to a

huge ”This Is Russia” flag unfurled when the Russian national

anthem was played before kickoff in Warsaw.

UEFA also has been investigating claims that Russian fans

racially abused Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, who is

black.

Poland’s association was fined ?4,000 ($5,055) for fans setting

off fireworks at the match against Russia, UEFA said.