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UEFA charges Spain and Russia over fans' 'racist behaviour'

UEFA has charged the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Russian Football Union (RFS) for racist behaviour and racist chanting by their national teams' fans during Euro 2012 matches.

European soccer's governing body said:

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for the improper conduct of their supporters (racist behaviour, racist chanting) at the UEFA Euro 2012 Group C match against Italy in Gdansk on Sunday 10 June.

UEFA added in a statement:

Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFS) for the improper conduct of their supporters (racist behaviour, racist chanting) at the UEFA Euro 2012 Group A match against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Friday 8 June.

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Trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister adjourned until after Euro 2012

A large poster by supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is on display in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

A Ukrainian court has adjourned the high-profile tax evasion trial of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko until mid-July, a move that will spare Kiev further negative publicity during the Euro 2012 football tournament.

Western outrage over Tymoshenko's prosecution - which she says is a politically-motivated witch hunt - has already prompted some European politicians to boycott matches at the football championship, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland.

In a hearing in the Kharkiv, a judge adjourned further hearings into the tax evasion case until July 10th at the request of state prosecutors, ordering a medical examination of Tymoshenko, 51, in order to establish whether she is fit to attend her own trial.

Tymoshenko denies wrongdoing.

Merkel celebrates as Germany send Greece out of Euro 2012

UEFA President Michel Platini looks on while German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates. Credit: REUTERS/Peter Andrews

Germany 4 - 2 Greece

Germany became the second team to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2012 with a 4-2 victory over Greece.

They face England or Italy in the next round.

See match highlights from ITV Sport.

Germany's Sami Khedira (centre right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal with his team-mates. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Merkel enjoying Greece clash in Gdansk

Germany's Euro 2012 quarterfinal against Greece is underway in Gdansk. Chancellor Merkel has made it across to Poland from the mini-summit in Rome earlier today.

UEFA President Michel Platini in conversation with Chancellor Merkel in Gdansk. Credit: REUTERS/Peter Andrews
German fans hold a portrait of German Chancellor Merkel with the text 'Hello Mum'. Credit: REUTERS/Pascal Lauener

Gervais to donate £1000 to charity after Lineker completes Twitter dare

Comedian Ricky Gervais says he will donate £1000 to a children's hospital after BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker went through with a dare put to him on Twitter during Portugal's Euro 2012 victory over the Czech Republic:

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Kompany criticises Uefa after Bendtner and Croatia fines

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has criticised Uefa after they fined Nicklas Bendtner 100,000 euros for showing his sponsored pants but only 80,000 euros for racist chanting from Croatia fans.

Previous Uefa fines

After the Croatian football federation were fined 80,000 euros (just over £64,500) for their fans racially abusing Mario Balotelli during their match against Italy at Euro 2012, we take a look at some previous fines handed out by Uefa.

  • Nicklas Bendtner was fined 100,000 euros (just over £80,000) and banned for one match for showing his Paddy Power sponsored pants during a match for Denmark.
  • The Serbian FA were fined £16,500 for racist chanting from their fans during an under-21 game against England in 2007.
  • The Russian football association was fined 120,000 euros (nearly £97,000) and handed a suspended six point deduction for the Euro 2016 qualifiers for fan violence before and after the Poland game at Euro 2012.
  • Monkey chants were directed at England's black players during a match against Spain in 2004. The Spanish FA were fined £45,000.
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