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Russia to appeal points penalty
The Russian football federation has announced that they plan to appeal against the suspended points penalty imposed on them by UEFA.
European football's governing body have warned Russia that they will be docked six points in their next European Championship qualifying campaign if their supporters misbehave again.
Following disturbances during their Euro 2012 opener against the Czech Republic, where fans set off flares and displayed illicit banners, UEFA felt the need to take action.
Russian football authorities are refusing to accept the sanctions, though, and will be contesting the ruling.
"The Russian soccer federation is entitled to prepare and submit a written appeal against UEFA's decision and this will be done within the allotted time for this procedure," read a statement on the federation's official website.
"The federation will do all it can to ensure the national team avoids such a severe punishment."
Russian authorities have also called on their supporters to uphold the reputation of the nation, with disturbances prior to their 1-1 draw with Poland on Tuesday forcing UEFA to open another disciplinary case.
Their statement added: "More than ever the Russian team needs the united support of the best Russian fans in the world and not the bills being run up by hooligans putting their own interests above those of the national team."
Date: 2012-06-15 11:40:23