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UEFA charges Russia over fan violence at Euro 2012

Saturday - 6/9/2012, 5:15pm  ET

By GRAHAM DUNBAR
AP Sports Writer

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - UEFA has charged the Russian football association with "improper conduct" of its supporters, who were filmed fighting with stadium stewards after a European Championship match.

UEFA says it is seeking more evidence to investigate reports of "alleged abuse directed at Czech Republic players" during Russia's 4-1 win in Wroclaw on Friday.

Anti-racist monitors appointed by UEFA reported Saturday that fans verbally abused Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, who is black.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will review the case against Russia on Wednesday.

The charge says the alleged improper conduct relates to "crowd disturbances, the setting off and throwing of fireworks and the display of illicit banners."


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