Russian clubs fined after fans throw flares at each other

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 03, 2016 09:52 AM
Russian clubs fined after fans throw flares at each other
Spartak and CSKA fans throw flares to each other as riot police officers divide their sectors during the national championship soccer match between Spartak and CSKA in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Crowd trouble marred a Moscow derby between arch-rivals Spartak and CSKA on Saturday, with the game briefly stopped as flares were thrown. The referee halted the match for five minutes in the second half as the stadium filled with smoke from flares and other pyrotechnics, some of which were thrown into sections packed with fans. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian champion CSKA Moscow and league leader Spartak Moscow have been fined a total of 990,000 rubles ($15,500) after their fans threw flares at each other during a match.

Fans threw flares into areas of the stadium packed with opposition supporters and filled the stadium with smoke during Spartak's 3-1 win over CSKA on Saturday.

The unrest briefly caused the game to be suspended as the smoke cleared. There were no reports of injuries. There were also reports of clashes between rival fans traveling to the stadium.

The Russian Football Union said Wednesday in a statement that it had fined each club 300,000 ($4,700) for the flares, plus 150,000 rubles ($2,350) apiece for fans burning opposition merchandise, plus smaller fines for offensive chants.

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