Russian fans told to show respect

10 June 2012 10:17

The Russian Football Association have appealed to their fans to behave better after UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings over their behaviour during the national team's Euro 2012 victory over Czech Republic.

Anti-racism campaigners claimed Czech defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was the victim of monkey chants during Friday night's Group A game in Wroclaw, while fans were caught on camera attacking stewards in a walkway at the Municipal Stadium.

A statement on the Russian FA website read: "We appeal to all fans who are in Poland. Remember that you represent your country. Respect yourself, your home and your team."

It is understood that as of Saturday night the Czechs had not made a complaint to UEFA about the treatment of Gebre Selassie and the Czech camp were unaware of any racist abuse toward their player.

Russia, who beat the Czechs 4-1, take on co-hosts Poland in their next match in Warsaw on Tuesday.

Source: PA