UEFA changes Russia sanction for fan violence

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) -UEFA has withdrawn a threat to deduct points from Russia in 2016 European Championship qualifying if its fans repeat their violence from Euro 2012.

UEFA says its appeal panel partially upheld an appeal by the Russian football association against a provisional six-point deduction imposed in June.

Instead, Russia will be ordered to play three Euro 2016 qualifiers at home in an empty stadium as punishment for a further violent incident.

Russia fans were filmed attacking stadium security staff in Wroclaw, Poland, after their team beat the Czech Republic 4-1 on June 8.

Four stewards were treated at a hospital but were not seriously injured.

UEFA holds football associations responsible for fan behavior at national team matches.

UEFA rejected Russia's appeal against a ?120,000 ($148,000) fine.

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