MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. Russian football clubs Spartak and CSKA were both fined almost one million rubles ($15,700) for fans misconduct during their match of the Russian Football Premier League (RFPL) last Saturday in Moscow, a Russian football official said on Wednesday.
Artur Grigoryants, the chairman of the Russian Football Union’s (RFU) Control and Disciplinary Committee, said Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow FCs were fined 500,000 rubles and 490,000 rubles respectively.
"The reason to for imposing sanctions was the situation in the second half," Grigoryants said. "It was largely due to the use of fireworks and flares."
In particular, the clubs have been ordered each to pay 300,000 rubles after their fans hurled fireworks and flares and 150,000 rubles for setting clubs’ merchandise on fire. Spartak will also pay 50,000 rubles and CSKA - 40,000 rubles, because their fans chanted expletives.
Saturday’s match at the recently-built Otkritie Arena in Moscow ended with Spartak’s 3-1 victory over CSKA.
Security and fans behavior before, during and after football matches is in the particular focus of the Russian football authorities as the country is currently 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.