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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. UEFA’s decision to hand over 0-3 technical defeat to the Montenegrin national football team in the March 27 Euro Cup qualifier against Russia is "fair," the coach of Russia’s national squad Fabio Capello told TASS on Sunday.
"The decisions made by UEFA toward the Montenegrin national team are correct and objective. They are fully in line with the rules," Capello said.
Igor Akinfeyev, a goalkeeper of the Russian national football team, sustained severe injuries on the night of March 27 during the Group G qualifying match after one of the Montenegrin fans hurled a flare at the Russian footballer.
The goalkeeper was carried away on stretchers and the referee had to take both teams off the pitch for about 30 minutes. The injured Russian player was taken to a hospital in Podgorica. After a while the referee ruled play must go on.
The incident occurred seconds after kick-off. Akinfeyev suffered concussion and a burn of the neck. The match had to be eventually terminated in the 68th minute with no goals scored by either side after an object was thrown at Russian defender Dmitry Kombarov.
The Russian team, including Akinfeyev, returned to Moscow after their plane landed at Sheremetyevo airport the following morning. Upon arrival, Akinfeyev told the media he was well.
Russia held the third place in its Group G of the 2016 Euro Cup qualifiers with five points after four matches played before the encounter with Montenegro. The national team was ranked behind Austria (10 points) and Sweden (6 points). Montenegro’s national squad also had five points after four qualifiers played.
The Russian national team started with 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein in September, had two 1-1 draws in October against Sweden and Moldova and lost to the Austrian side 0-1 in November.
Russia's March 27 match in Podgorica was its 300th competitive fixture - including games as the Soviet Union. The team’s previous 299 UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup matches ended with the record of 170 won, 66 drawn and 63 lost.