UPDATE: Russian Soccer Association Fined $150,000 For Fans' Role In Euro 2012 Brawls

Euro 2012 riots

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[UPDATE]: UEFA has fined the Russian soccer association $150,000 dollars after Russian fans were caught attacking stadium stewards last Friday in Wroclaw, Poland.The Russian team may also be docked six points toward qualification for Euro 2016, according to an Associated Press report.

UEFA may announce more penalties after Russian fans were involved in more rioting in Warsaw, Poland yesterday.

The fine, however, is a pretty lenient penalty. The country has made just under $12 million in prize money for participating in Euro 2012, and could earn even more if Russia were to win the tournament.

The penalties come just a day after a Poland-Russia match was overshadowed by fan violence.

At least seven other people were hurt and 56 people were arrested in Warsaw before Russia and Poland played to a 1-1 tie.

Police used water cannons to try and control the crowds gathered outside the stadium.

Tournament organisers expected fans might fight ahead of a Russia-Poland match.

Yesterday was “Russia Day,” marking the end of the Soviet Union in 1990. To commemorate the day, thousands of Russians staged a march in Warsaw, Poland — an act that many believed would cause tension between the fans.

There was chaos away from the stadium, as well. 50 masked Polish fans ambushed and attacked Russian fans at a cafe, according to the International Business Times.

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