UEFA have launched disciplinary proceedings against the football associations of Russia and Spain, it was announced on Tuesday.The decision relates to the conduct of supporters of both nations during their opening matches at Euro 2012, in which certain fans are believed to have directed racist chants at opposition players.

A statement on their official website read: "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.

"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.

"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with these cases on Thursday 28 June."