The Russian Football Union has released a statement following the news that UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia over the behaviour of their fans during their European 2012 victory over Czech Republic on Friday.
"The Russian national team has begun its Euro 2012 campaign. At this team our team needs the support of its fans as never before. During the first game of the tournament against the Czech Republic, leading 4-1, our fans showed brilliant support for the team.
"The national team's players particularly noted that the unwavering support of fans inspired them to victory.
"At the same time we believe that some people who came to the stadium committed actions which were ill-fitting of true football fans."
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