Russia’s Football Union and the national team have addressed the country’s supporters, asking them to abstain from improper conduct during their Euro 2012 clash with Poland on June 12.
The statement, which was posted at the RFU’s official website, thanked the fans for cheering Russia up in their 4-1 win against the Czech Republic in the tournament’s opener.
But the tone of the rest of the document wasn’t as positive as its first few lines lines.
“We believe that some people, who were present at the stadium, didn’t behave like a true fan should,” the statement said. “Those who choose the sporting arenas for declaration of their personal political and other views, have no place in the stands. In this regard, the RFU and the Russian national team are kindly requesting all the true fans stand against the provocative actions of the hooligans and fully cooperate with the organizers of the match in the matters of providing security.”
“We address all fans currently in Poland. Remember that you represent your country. Respect yourself, your Motherland and your team,” the authors added.
On Saturday, European football’s governing body, UEFA, opened disciplinary proceedings over the objectionable behavior of the Russian supporters during the match against the Czechs.
The fans are accused of “setting off and throwing of fireworks and the display of illicit banners” during the Friday clash in Wroclaw.
Reports of alleged racial abuse directed at Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie from the Russian stands will also be investigated.
UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body is to review the case on Wednesday, June 13.
According to RFU head Sergey Fursenko, Russia are most likely to receive a €10,000 fine, but the official warned that sanctions may become tougher if the fans' behavior doesn’t improve.
Meanwhile, Polish police are still looking for a group of Russian fans who attacked stadium stewards after the Wroclaw game.