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Russia appeal against punishment

Punishments given violent, offensive and unsafe conduct

ESPN staff

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The Football Union of Russia has appealed against UEFA's punishment for the behaviour of their fans at Euro 2012.

Russia were last week hit with a suspended six-point deduction for their Euro 2016 campaign, as well as a €120,000 (£96,000) fine. However, UEFA confirmed the RFS have appealed against the verdict on Tuesday.

UEFA took action for 'the violent, offensive and unsafe conduct' of Russia's supporters during their opening Group A match against the Czech Republic on June 8 and opened disciplinary proceedings 24 hours after Russia's 4-1 win in Wroclaw.

Violence erupted at the game when a handful of stewards were attacked by a large group of fans in a walkway in the 40,000-capacity Municipal Stadium. Reports claimed four members of stadium staff were taken to hospital and released later that evening.

Footage released online the following morning showed one steward left in a heap on the ground after being set upon by several assailants, while another was kicked in the head while trying to evade a lone attacker.

Supporters in the stands also set off and threw fireworks, as well as displaying a nationalist 'Russian Empire' flag, something which has been associated with the far right.

The sanctions were a huge embarrassment for Russia, who are increasing pressure to deal with fan problems, having been named hosts for the 2018 World Cup.