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MOSCOW, September 16. /TASS/. Russian policemen will be present at the national football team’s 2016 Euro Cup away qualifier against Moldova in Chisinau next month, assisting their Moldovan colleagues during the match, Alexander Shprygin, the chairman of the All-Russia Fans Union, told TASS on Wednesday.
Russia’s 2016 UEFA Euro Cup qualifier against Moldova has been scheduled for October 9 at the Zimbru Stadium in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau. Russia’s home qualifying match last year on October 12 in Moscow finished with 1-1 draw.
"Officers from our [Russian] Interior Ministry will not be in their jurisdiction so they will be working in team with Moldova’s policemen giving them some sort of recommendations or advice," Shprygin said in an interview with TASS.
"This is a major preventive measure, since policemen, who always watch how football fans behave at matches in Russia, will see how the very same fans will be behaving abroad," he added.
Shprygin also said that representatives of the Moldovan police warned him about the possible sanctions in regard to Russian football fans in case they breached the country’s law.
"We have been warned that in case Russian fans commit offences, such as hurling objects into the playing field and running out into the pitch or commit other violations , they will be detained and kept in the country for a while," the chairman of the Russian fans union added.
Earlier in the month Russia surged in the standings of its 2016 Euro Cup qualifying Group G after beating 1-0 Sweden on September 5 and then crushing Liechtenstein 7-0 on September 8.
Russia is currently ranked second in Group G with 14 points, following the top-spot Austria (22 points). Moldova is in the last 6th place with 2 points below Sweden (12 points), Montenegro (11 points) and Liechtenstein (5 points). Each of the six teams in the group has already played a total of eight qualifying matches.
The two top-ranked European teams from each of nine qualifying groups will get straight tickets for 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France, while the third-placed teams would proceed to play-offs.
The Russian national team qualifier’s defeat to Austria in mid-June placed in extreme jeopardy the country’s chances of travelling to France next year for the Euro Cup. Russia was ranked in the 3rd place of its Group G with 8 points below 2nd ranked Sweden (12 points), while the Austrian team topped the rest of the five national teams in the group with 16 points.
Following the defeat to Austria the Russian national football team’s coaching staff saw a major overhaul. The previously Italian-dominated staff was dismissed along with former Head Coach Fabio Capello and Russia’s Leonid Slutsky was appointed in early August to take the helm of the team.
So far Slutsky, who is also the head coach of CSKA Moscow FC, led the national team to victories in both matches the squad played under his management.