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Russia Faces Disciplinary Action Over Soccer Fans’ Behavior

June 10, 2012

European soccer’s ruling body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia over some fans’ behavior during the Euro 2012 soccer game against the Czech Republic two days ago.

UEFA said in a statement last night that it’s looking into crowd disturbances at the game. It’s also working with the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) organization on reports of alleged abuse of Czech Republic players, it said.

Anti-racism campaigners said Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was the target of “monkey chants” during the game in Wroclaw, Poland, the U.K.’s Sunday Times reported.

“Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Football Union of Russia for the improper conduct of its supporters (crowd disturbances), the setting off and throwing of fireworks and the display of illicit banners,” UEFA said in the statement. “Regarding reports of alleged abuse directed at Czech Republic players from Russia fans, UEFA is investigating this further and is working with FARE to collect more evidence.”

UEFA’s control and disciplinary body will review the case June 13. Russia won the Group A match 4-1.

UEFA said today it opened disciplinary cases against the German and Portuguese soccer associations after their teams’ opening match in Lviv, Ukraine, yesterday. Germany won 1-0.

“The German Football Association is charged with the throwing of missiles by their supporters, while the Portuguese Football Federation faces proceedings for a delayed kick- off to the second half,” UEFA said in a statement.

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