WARSAW/KYIV: Russia may have been eliminated from the European Championship finals but the fall-out of their exit rumbles on.
Back in Russia one of the vice-presidents Gazprom said that captain Andrei Arshavin should be stripped of his citizenship for his comments after the defeat by Greece which sent them home at the end of the first round.
City deputies in Krasnodar even proposed that all the players in manager Dick Advocaat’s squad should be barred from taking up promotional and commercial contracts and transferred to lower division clubs.
The federation itself has been fined €35,000 by UEFA’s control and disciplinary committee for their fans’ setting-off and throwing of fireworks and displaying of illicit banners Greece match in Warsaw.
This was the third slap on the wrist for the Russians. The RFU was fined €30,000 for similar incidents as well as for a supporter entering the pitch when Russia played co-hosts Poland on June 12, an occasion marred by fighting amongst supporters before and after the match in Warsaw.
Then the Russians were also fined €120,000 =when about 30 fans attacked stewards in Wroclaw leaving four hurt following their 4-1 win over the Czech Republic on June 8.
In a poor tournament for Russia on and off the pitch, UEFA also said it would dock the Euro 2008 semi-finalists six points in qualifying for the next European Championship if their fans are involved in similar incidents to those in Wroclaw.
Russia failed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament after finishing second-bottom of Group A.
UEFA has also opened disciplinary proceedings against the Portuguese football federation for the attempted invasion of the pitch by a fan at the quarter-final against the Czech Republic on Thursday, also in Warsaw. The case will be dealt with on Monday.
England’s Football Association was fined €5,000 for an apparent minor pitch invasion during the Group D match against Sweden in Kyiv last Friday.
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