Fan Violance hits Russia-Poland footbaal Match
Russia hit with £100k fine... as UEFA probe crowd violence during Poland clash
By Michael Walker
PUBLISHED: 15:25 GMT, 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 GMT, 13 June 2012
UEFA has hit Russia with a potential six-point deduction during qualification for the next European Championship in France in 2016.
The suspended sanction for the violence inside Wroclaw’s stadium during and after last Friday’s game against the Czech Republic will alarm the Russian FA, as Russia are hosting the World Cup finals in 2018. They have also been fined £96,000.
It does not relate to the violence between Russian and Polish fans in Warsaw on Tuesday, but last night UEFA said they would investigate that trouble. If found guilty over the fan violence that led to 15 injuries and more than 180 arrests, Russia could find the suspended six-point deduction imposed immediately.
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Ugly scenes: The European Championship was marred by violent clashes before and after the match between Poland and Russia on Tuesday night, which led to 184 people being arrested (above and below)
Russian FA president Sergey Fursenko said: ‘We want to submit an appeal against the punishment given. It is a shame that the team answers for the ill-considered actions and words of the fans.’
FA’s honorary president Vyacheslav Koloskov added: ‘Six points is complete nonsense.
I think this decision is aimed at discrediting Russian football in general.’
It could get worse for the RFS, with UEFA confirming they were still investigating allegations Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was subjected to monkey chanting during his side's 4-1 defeat.
Futhermore, fans inside the ground for their 1-1 draw with Poland displayed a giant 'This is Russia' flag, something that could be seen as an illicit banner if it is deemed to relate to the decades of Moscow control over Poland during the Cold War.
UEFA said in a statement regarding the stewards incident: '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).
'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.
Front: A young man faces Polish riot police during clashes in Warsaw on Tuesday night
'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 win in Wroclaw on Friday night.
Violence erupted at the game when a handful of stewards were attacked by large group of fans in a walkway in the 40,000-capacity Municipal Stadium.
Reports claimed four members of stadium staff were taken to hospital and released later that evening.
Footage released online the following morning showed one steward left in a heap on the ground after being set upon by several assailants, while another was kicked in the head while trying to evade a lone attacker.
Supporters in the stands also set off and threw fireworks, as well as displaying a nationalist 'Russian Empire' flag, something which has been associated with the far right.
Scuffle: Polish fans clash with their Russian counterparts outside the National Stadium
On the charge: Polish police forces sprint into action
This is going to hurt: A fan gets ready to feel the force of the Policja
UEFA issued another statement condemning the violence that marred the Poland-Russia game.
Trouble flared after a march by thousands of Russia supporters came under attack by masked hooligans.
It led to 184 arrests, while, according to reports, at least 24 people were injured, including 10 police officers.
UEFA said: 'UEFA condemns the isolated incidents that occurred yesterday in Warsaw prior to and after the Poland-Russia match, when some groups of known troublemakers pelted the police with missiles and attacked fans irrespective of the team they were supporting. Those arrested and charged will have to be dealt with by the relevant authorities.
'UEFA's philosophy is to create a welcoming environment coupled with a low-profile approach to policing. The focus should be on facilitating the enjoyment of the matches by genuine football fans and isolating the tiny percentage of troublemakers. UEFA is in a constant dialogue with the public authorities in order to achieve this aim.
'UEFA is determined that the overwhelmingly peaceful and festive atmosphere that has so far pervaded at UEFA Euro 2012 will be continued right up to and including the final in Kiev on Sunday 1 July.'
The sanctions are a huge embarrassment for Russia, who are increasing pressure to deal with fan problems, having been named hosts for the 2018 World Cup.
Polish authorities earlier apologised for the bloody clashes on what was 'Russia Day' and urged severe sanctions for those proven to be involved.
Among those arrested by the 6,400 police on the streets following reinforcements from other cities were 157 Poles and 24 Russians.
Last edited by R. M. Dixit; 14-06-2012 at 08:55 AM.