Russian football fans have been sent a stern warning to behave at the Euro 2012 football tournament, and to respect "the motherland."
Following the display of violence by Russian football hooligans at the Wroclaw match in Poland on Friday, reported by Digital Journal, Russian fans have been told to behave. Four stewards were hospitalized following a pitch invasion by violent supporters.
UK.Eurosport reported the Russian soccer federation issued a statement on its website urging good behaviour. The statement said:
"Some people in the stadium carried out acts which were unworthy of real soccer fans. There is no place in the stands for people who use sporting events to declare personal, political or other points of view.
The federation and the Russian national team strongly ask all real fans to oppose the provocative acts of hooligans and to fully cooperate with match organisers when it comes to questions of security.
We are appealing to all fans. Remember, you represent your country. Respect yourself, your motherland and your team."
According to the Scotsman Russian fans are being monitored by the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) fans’ network, which reports to Uefa.
Co-hosts of the Euro 2012, Ukraine, have prepared special anti-hooligan squads in readiness for any trouble. Digital Journal reported that amongst the squads arsenal for dealing with troublesome fans are specially trained testicle-biting dogs.