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 match.
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.