UEFA has punished the Russian FA for the improper conduct of its supporters at the Euro 2012 tournament. During their game with the Czech Republic a player was allegedly racially and Russian fans were alleged caught on video physically and verbally abusing Polish match stewards. Yesterday, before Russia's game with Poland, hundreds of Russian fans clashed with riot police and Poland fans outside the stadium in Warsaw as 5,000 Russian fans marched to the stadium to mark 'Russia Day'.
In a statement UEFA said:
"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body today decided to impose a deduction of six points on the Football Union of Russia (RFS) for the qualifying competition 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 for the UEFA EURO 2016 finals.
"The RFS has also been fined €120,000. 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."