GENEVA, October 23. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced on Friday a fine of €15,000 (over $16,600) it decided to impose on the Football Federation of Moldova over national team fans’ misconduct at the 2016 Euro Cup home qualifier against Russia two weeks ago.
Russia finished its Group G away qualifier against Moldova on October 9 with 2-1 victory. During the match at the Zimbru Stadium in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau local fans chanted political slogans, set off fireworks and unfurled flags displaying Celtic crosses, banned by UEFA as racist symbols.
After the match the UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings in regard to the Football Union of Moldova on charges of "Crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and racist behavior [flags]."
UEFA’s press service announced on Friday that the organization’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) ordered to fine "Football Association of Moldova 15,000 euros."
The CEDB also ruled to limit the attendance of the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau during the next UEFA-sanctioned fixture of the Moldovan national team.
"The CEDB has decided to order the partial closure… of the Football Association of Moldova Stadium during the next UEFA competition match in which Moldova would play as the host association," the statement from UEFA said.
Moldova finished the qualifying stage of the 2016 Euro Cup in France in the last position of its Group G, which it shared with the teams from Russia, Sweden, Austria, Liechtenstein and Montenegero.
Russia, which was in the third position of the group after defeat to Austria in mid-June, went on a winning streak in four remaining fixtures and finished the qualifiers for the major European tournament in the second place of the group earning a direct pass to the 2016 Euro Cup.
Following the defeat to Austria in mid-June 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.
Slutsky managed to guide the national team to victories in all matches under his management starting with 1-0 victory over Sweden on September 5. Slutsky’s inaugural match against the Swedish squad followed with a crushing 7-0 victory over Liechtenstein three days later, then he took the team to victories over Moldova (2-1) on October 9 and Montenegro (2-0) on October 12.