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GENEVA, February 26. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) launched disciplinary proceedings against Dinamo Moscow FC over the club’s fans misconduct, particularly setting of fireworks during the Europa League match against RSC Andrelecht last week.
"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first-leg match between RSC Andrelecht and FC Dinamo Moskva (0-0), played on 19 February in Belgium," UEFA said in its statement on Thursday.
The statement added that "The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 19 March."
Last year Russian football clubs had often been the subject of UEFA’s penalties over their fans misconduct during the matches.
The Russian Football Union’s (RFU) disciplinary committee had been also very active imposing penalties on domestic football clubs for their fans misconduct, which often manifested race-hatred behavior, during the games.
Fans behavior during football matches in Russia was in particular focus last May after a football player suffered a concussion at the hands of fans during the match time. Dozens of Zenit St. Petersburg FC fans rushed to the pitch of the Petrovsky Stadium in in Russia’s second largest city on the 87th minute of the match on May 11 attacking players as Zenit was losing its home match 2-4. One of the fans punched in the head Dinamo Moscow FC captain Vladimir Granat, who was later hospitalized and diagnosed with concussion.
One of the cases in the chain of penalties might have seemed strange but it was true as Lokomotiv Moscow FC was fined last October 5,000 rubles ($126 at that time’s exchange rate) because a stray dog ran out in the pitch during the club’s home match against Amkar Perm FC.
Security and fans behavior during football matches is under close attention of the Russian football authorities also because the country is in full swing preparations for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018.
Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over four years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.