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
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
Poland’s association was fined ?4,000 ($5,055) for fans setting
off fireworks at the match against Russia, UEFA said.