Russia will spend the next three-and-a-half years playing under the threat of a six-point deduction for their 2016 European Championship qualify campaign after UEFA got tough over the behaviour of their fans.

The Russian Football Union was also fined 120,000 euros (£96,761) for the "improper conduct" of their supporters during its national side's opening Euro 2012 Group A match against Czech Republic on Friday.

UEFA said in a statement: "The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has today decided to impose a deduction of six points on the Football Union of Russia (RFS) in the qualifying round of the next UEFA European Football Championship. This decision is suspended for a probationary period running from now until the end of the play-offs of the next UEFA European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 2016)."

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