UEFA make Russia pay

South Wales Argus: UEFA could deduct six points from Russia's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign 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 qualifying campaign after UEFA got tough over the behaviour of their fans.

The Football Union of Russia (RFS) were also fined 120,000 euros (£96,761) for the violent, offensive and unsafe conduct of their supporters during their opening Euro 2012 Group A match against Czech Republic on Friday.

It got worse for the RFS on Wednesday evening when UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against them over the behaviour of their fans in Tuesday night's game against co-hosts Poland.

And there could be further sanctions to come, with UEFA confirming they were still investigating allegations Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was subjected to monkey chanting in Friday's match.

Announcing the punishment for incidents in that game, UEFA said in a statement: "The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has 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.

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

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