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UEFA Opens Disciplinary Action Against Russia Over Euro 2012 Violence


Russian soccer fans celebrating during their country's 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland.

Russian soccer fans celebrating during their country's 4-1 win over the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland.

The European soccer governing body UEFA has opened discliplinary action against Russia following incidents of racism and violence by Russian fans at the Euro 2012 championship.

UEFA said in a statement it was investigating separate allegations of improper conduct by Russian fans during their country's 4-1 match against Czech Republic on the tournament's June 8 opener.

In one incident, four stewards were briefly hospitalized after being attacked by a group of Russians at the match.

Separately, antiracism monitors reported that some Russian fans at the match waved nationalist flags and verbally abused Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, who is black.

The Russian football union faces likely fines as a result of the incidents, but the country is not expected to be docked points or blocked from future competitions.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP
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