The Russian Football Union has used its right to appeal against the suspended six-point deduction in the qualifying for Euro 2016 handed out by the European football governing body, UEFA, to the country’s national team.
Russia were severely punished for the improper conduct of their fans, who threw fireworks onto the pitch and displayed offensive banners at their team’s Euro 2012 opening match against the Czech Republic on June 8.
The point deduction is suspended for a probationary period running from now till the end of the playoffs for the Euro 2016 finals.
According to the ruling of the UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body, the RFU were also fined €120,000.
The date of the appeal hearing will be announced later.
Earlier, RFU president Sergey Fursenko called the sanctions “harsh and unprecedented,” adding that there are good chances they’ll be softened or even dismissed after the appeal.
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