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article imageSpain and Russia fined for racist chants at Euro 2012

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By Anne Sewell
Jun 30, 2012 in Sports
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The football federations of Spain and Russia have both been fined by UEFA for fans' racist behavior and chants at Euro 2012.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation is being fined €20,000 for racist chants shouted by fans at the Italian star-striker, Mario Balotelli, on June 10.
The Russian Football Union is being hit with a fine of €30,000, after the country’s supporters offended Czech Republic’s black defender Theodor Gebre Selassie, during a group stage match on June 8. Apparently fans made "monkey noises" while he was playing.
The RSFF and RFU both have 24 hours in which to appeal against the fines imposed on them.
However, compared to the Croatian Football Federation, these fines are pretty small. The CFF was fined 80,000 euros earlier in the tournament on June 14, after a UEFA-backed racism monitoring group said up to 500 fans racially abused Balotelli during the countries' match.
In the case of Russia, this is not the first time the RFU has been penalized during Euro 2012. The country was fined €120,000 and handed out a provisional six-point reduction for the fans’ misbehavior in the match against the Czechs.
As the Euro 2012 final hits off on Sunday, with Spain and Italy playing for the cup, the European governing body will be closing watching the fans' reactions.
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