June 23, 2012
Russia fined yet again
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
DONETSK, UKRAINE - If the Russians keep getting fined like this, they’ll be funding a nice chunk of Euro 2012’s hefty expenses.
OK, maybe that’s stretching things a bit.
But the Russians certainly are stuffing UEFA’s wallet with some regularity, having been slapped with about $250,000 in fines for fan misbehaviour in this tournament.
Indeed, the Russians aren’t even in the competition any more and they are still shelling out the cash.
In the latest incident, the Football Union of Russia has been fined about $55,000 by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body for the setting off and throwing of fireworks by spectators during the Group A match against Greece in Warsaw on June 16.
The Russian fans were also cited for having illicit banners in the stadium.
While the Russian supporters should not be fingered as the only spectators who have gone over the line, there has been no shortage of controversy involving them.
The Russian FA was fined about $40,000 for similar shenanigans, along with having a fan enter the pitch, during the Russia-Poland game on June 12. It was an evening scarred by clashes between fans of both teams before and after the game.
The heaviest punishment was a $190,000 fine levied by UEFA when about 30 of their fans attacked stewards in Wroclaw, leaving four injured after Russia’s 4-1 win over the Czech Republic on June 8.