(WFI) Russia’s football federation is to appeal UEFA sanctions handed down after its fans attacked stewards following the nation’s Euro 2012 match against Czech Republic.
UEFA fined the Russian FA $150,000 following the hooliganism at the stadium in Wroclaw, Poland last Friday. European football’s governing body also said Russia would lose six points in its Euro 2016 qualification campaign if there was a further outbreak of violence from its fans at the Poland/Ukraine tournament.
Russian FA president Sergei Fursenko confirmed today that an appeal would be filed to UEFA.
Further punishment may come after more than 180 Polish and Russian fans were arrested following violent clashes between the supporters outside Warsaw’s National Stadium on Tuesday night.
In a statement posted on its website, the RFU warned any fans identified as being involved in the violence after Russia’s 1-1 draw with Poland would be punished.
“The Russian Football Union firmly opposes violence in the stadiums as well as abroad. We ask that all Russian fans show restraint and to follow the rules of conduct set by UEFA,” said a statement today on the federation’s website.
With Russia staging the 2018 World Cup, the behaviour of the nation’s fans at Euro 2012 has come under increased scrutiny. Meanwhile, concerns over high-profile incidents of racism in Russia’s domestic game are putting pressure on the RFU to introduce new rules to punish hooligans and racists.
*** Today, UEFA fined the German Football Association (DFB) €10,000 for the throwing of paper missiles by its supporters at last Saturday’s Group B match between Germany and Portugal in Lviv. The Portuguese FA received a €5,000 for delaying kick-off to the second half, when their players came out for the restart too late.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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