Russia was on Wednesday facing a potential six-point deduction from its next European championship qualifying campaign, after UEFA imposed a suspended punishment for the behaviour of the country's fans at Euro 2012.
European football's governing body slapped a €120,000 fine on the Football Union of Russia (RFS) after supporters set off and threw fireworks during the Group ‘A' opener with the Czech Republic in Wroclaw, Poland.
Police are also hunting for Russian fans who attacked four volunteer stadium stewards after the match, following the broadcast of amateur video footage of a brawl inside the ground.
UEFA initiated disciplinary proceedings over the incidents last week, as well as over the display of potentially inflammatory “Russian Empire” flags at the venue in the southwest of the country.
The flags can be seen as deeply provocative in parts of Eastern Europe that used to be under Moscow's thumb, including Poland, and were reported by a UEFA-backed racism monitoring body.
Keywords: Euro 2012