WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russia could be deducted six points in its qualifying group for the next European Championship if its fans turn violent again at Euro 2012. UEFA fined the Russian football association 120,000 euros ($150,000) on Wednedsay because its fans attacked stadium stewards at a match last week in Poland. UEFA also gave the federation a suspended six-point deduction for a repeat offense. “This decision is suspended for a probationary period running from now until the end of the playoffs of the next UEFA European Football Championship,” UEFA said in a statement. Russia can appeal the verdict within three days. Russian fans were filmed fighting with stadium staff in Wroclaw after a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic last Friday. Police said violence flared when stewards tried to detain a man they believed threw a firecracker. Four stewards were treated at a hospital but were not seriously injured. Russia’s fine was also imposed by UEFA’s disciplinary panel because of the thrown firework and for fans displaying “illicit banners.” An anti-discrimination monitoring group reported seeing nationalist flags adopted by far-right activists. UEFA rules hold football associations responsible for their fans’ behavior inside stadiums. Some Russian fans were involved in… Read full this story
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