European football's governing body UEFA starts disciplinary investigation after Saturday announcement that it was taking action against Russia after crowd trouble during the country's Euro 2012 opener.

"UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Union of Russia for the improper conduct of its supporters at Friday's UEFA Euro 2012 match against the Czech Republic," a statement on the organisation's website said.

The proceedings, set to take place on Wednesday, would focus on "the improper conduct of its supporters (crowd disturbances), the setting off and throwing of fireworks and the display of illicit banners".

Concerns have also been raised about "Russian Empire" flags waved by some fans at the stadium, accompanied by discriminatory slogans and chants and seen as deeply provocative in parts of Eastern Europe. The investigation into flag case was initiated by Football Against Racism in Europe organization.


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