Spain, Russia hit with UEFA racism charges

European football's governing body opens disciplinary proceedings after racist behaviour by fans during Euro 2012.

    Spain, Russia hit with UEFA racism charges
    Italy's Mario Balotelli was the victim of racist chants by Croatian fans during their Group C clash in Poznan [GALLO/GETTY]

    UEFA has charged the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Russian Football Union (RFS) for racist behaviour and racist chanting by their national teams' fans during Euro 2012 matches.

    "UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for the improper conduct of their supporters (racist behaviour, racist chanting) at the UEFA Euro 2012 Group C match against Italy in Gdansk on Sunday 10 June," European football's governing body said on Tuesday.

    "Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFS) for the improper conduct of their supporters (racist behaviour, racist chanting) at the UEFA Euro 2012 Group A match against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Friday 8 June," UEFA added in a statement.

    UEFA will deal with the cases on Thursday.

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    The issue of racism dominated the build-up to Euro 2012, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine and the biggest sporting event in eastern Europe since the end of communism.

    There have been isolated incidents, with UEFA fining the Croatian Football Federation $100,600 for racist chants directed at Italy striker Mario Balotelli by their fans at the Group C match in Poznan on June 14.

    UEFA has been gathering evidence following reports that Spanish fans racially abused Balotelli during Spain's 1-1 draw with Italy four days earlier.

    Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, the first black player to represent the Czech national team, told reporters he had "noticed" racist chants directed at him during his side's game with Russia.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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