Euro 2012: Russian midfielder Dzagoev asks fans to behave
Warsaw: Russian football fans must behave themselves to avoid harming the team`s chances of qualifying for Euro 2016, midfielder Alan Dzagoev has said.
Russia received a suspended six-point deduction from Euro 2016 qualifying and the Russian Football Union was fined 120,000 euros for crowd disturbances and the use of pyrotechnics after Russia`s opening 4-1 win over the Czech Republic last week.
Video has emerged showing Russian fans assaulting Polish stewards after the match. Four stewards were reportedly hospitalised.
"Of course we don`t want six points being taken off us," said Dzagoev, who scored two goals against the Czechs.
"The fans should be more restrained, so that their behaviour doesn`t cause harm to the team."
Despite crowd trouble, Dzagoev said the whole team appreciated the Russian fans` passion at Euro 2012.
"It`s nice and unexpected for everyone that the national team is getting such a warm reception," he said.
"People wave their arms at the sight of us and try to support us."
Russia are on four points after a 1-1 draw with Poland and their final game of the group stage is against Greece Saturday.
A draw will be enough to put the Russians into the quarterfinals, while the Greeks need a win to have any chance of progressing.
CSKA Moscow midfielder Dzagoev has 22 caps for Russia and has scored seven goals for his country, three of them at Euro 2012.