Russia threatened with points deduction

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UEFA could deduct six points from Russia's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign
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UEFA could deduct six points from Russia's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

Russia will spend the next three-and-a-half years playing under the threat of a six-point deduction for their 2016 European Championship qualify campaign after UEFA got tough over the behaviour of their fans.

The Russian Football Union was also fined 120,000 euros (£96,761) for the "improper conduct" of their supporters during its national side's opening Euro 2012 Group A match against Czech Republic on Friday.

UEFA said in a statement: "The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has today decided to impose a deduction of six points on the Football Union of Russia (RFS) in the qualifying round of the next UEFA European Football Championship. This decision is suspended for a probationary period running from now until the end of the play-offs of the next UEFA European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 2016)."

It went on: "The Football Union of Russia (RFS) has also been fined 120,000 euros.

"The RFS was facing charges for the improper conduct of its supporters (crowd disturbances), the setting off and throwing of fireworks and the display of illicit banners at last Friday's UEFA Euro 2012 Group A match against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw.

"An appeal can be lodged against this decision within three days of the dispatch of the written decision."

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings 24 hours after Russia's 4-1 win in Wroclaw on Friday night. Violence erupted at the game when a handful of stewards were attacked by groups of fans in a walkway in the 40,000-capacity Municipal Stadium.

It was unclear if UEFA's punishment was also for the alleged monkey chants aimed at Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie or whether that would be dealt with separately.

Russia could face further sanctions for the behaviour of their supporters during the 1-1 draw with Poland, which was marred by violence outside the National Stadium in Warsaw.

The sanctions are a huge embarrassment for Russia, who are under increasing pressure to deal with supporter problems having been named hosts for the 2018 World Cup.

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