Russia awarded three points from violent, abandoned Montenegro match


There are no goal highlights from Russia’s 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifier win over Montenegro, just video of players hit by fan-thrown objects and on-field skirmishes.

UEFA awarded three points to the Russians on Thursday, nearly two weeks after the match was abandoned by referee Deniz Ayetkin due to multiple problems.

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First, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck by a flare, causing a 33-minute delay. Later, Dmitri Kombarov was hit by an item after a Roman Shirokov missed penalty, causing on-field chaos between the two teams.

There were additional monetary punishments for both teams, though none as severe for the winners as the points Serbia lost from its forfeit win over Albania.

From the BBC:

Uefa has ordered Montenegro to play their next home tie in an empty stadium and pay a 50,000 euros (£36,000) fine.

The Russian Football Union was also fined 25,000 euros (£18,000) for improper conduct by its supporters, which included the throwing of flares and other missiles.

The three points move Russia ahead of Montenegro in Group G for third place.

Russia is a point back of second-place Sweden and five points behind Austria. Russia next faces Austria on June 14, while Montenegro hosts Liechtenstein the same day.