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SBD Global/August 13, 2012/International Football

The UEFA Appeals Body Has Altered The Punishment For The Russian FA

The UEFA Appeals Body has partially upheld an appeal lodged by the Football Union of Russia (RFS) against the punishment handed down as a result of the improper conduct of its supporters during a Euro 2012 match.The original decision of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on June 13 was to impose a six-point deduction on the RFS for Euro 2016 qualifying competition, which was suspended until the end of the play-offs as well as a €120,000 ($147,000) fine. However, after the UEFA Appeals Body met to rule on the appeal, the RFS no longer faces a potential points penalty in Euro 2016 qualification, but has instead been ordered to play its first three home qualifiers behind closed doors. This disciplinary measure is suspended for a probationary period running until the close of that qualifying competition. The fine of €120,000 ($148,000) remains unchanged. The charges for improper conduct by supporters (crowd disturbances), the setting off and throwing of fireworks, and the display of illicit banners, related to Russia's Euro 2012 Group A match against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland, on June 8 (UEFA). 
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