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Russia Won’t Challenge UEFA punishment: Sports Minister

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Russia will not challenge the punishment imposed by UEFA on the Russian Football Union (RFC) and the country’s national team following a clash between Russian and English fans, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said.
“The punishment is excessive, but we cannot influence it,” Mutko was quoted as saying by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The clashes with “crowd disturbances, use of fireworks and racist behavior” occurred at a stadium in Marseiile, France, during a Russia-England match of the 2016 tournament on Saturday, UEFA said in a statement on Tuesday.
UEFA decided to impose a fine of 150,000 euros on the RFC and a suspended disqualification of the Russian national team, which may become effective should similar disturbances happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team, the statement added.

The Kremlin also called the behavior of Russian football fans “unacceptable.”

“We hope that Russian citizens, Russian fans will respect the laws of the country they visit,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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