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Russia Fined for Third Time for Fan Behavior at Euro 2012

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June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Russian soccer’s governing body was fined 35,000 euros ($44,000) by the organizers of the European Championship over the behavior of its fans.

UEFA issued the fine after Russian fans set off and threw fireworks and displayed illicit banners during the Group A match against Greece in Warsaw on June 16. It’s the third fine for the Russian federation over supporter actions at the Euros.

The body was previously fined 30,000 euros for similar incidents, as well as a fan entering the field, during the game against co-host Poland in Warsaw on June 12.

The Russians were also fined 120,000 euros after fans attacked stewards at the game against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland, on June 8. UEFA also said Russia would be docked six points in the next qualifying for the European Championship if fans are involved in similar incidents again.

Russia failed to progress from the group stage of the tournament, finishing third in four-team Group A.

UEFA also said it’s opened disciplinary proceedings against Portugal after a fan tried to enter the field during the 1-0 quarterfinal win over Czech Republic in Warsaw two days ago. UEFA will hear the case in two days, according to a statement from the governing body.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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