Lazio punished for fan racism

October 17, 2019
Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (left) celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during their Europa League Group E match against Rennes, at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Thursday, October 3.
Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (left) celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during their Europa League Group E match against Rennes, at Rome’s Olympic Stadium on Thursday, October 3.

NYON, Switzerland (AP):

UEFA has punished Lazio for fans' racist behaviour by closing one end of Stadio Olimpico for their Europa League game against Scottish club Celtic.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel also threatened Lazio with a one-game full stadium closure, suspended for a one-year probationary period. The club was fined EU20,000 (just under J$3 million).

Lazio suggested late Tuesday that they would appeal against what they called "severe punishment," though the sanctions align with UEFA's escalating scale in discrimination cases.

The Italian club has regularly been punished by UEFA in recent years for chants and fascist salutes made by "ultra" fan groups.

The latest incidents were at a game against French side Rennes on October 3.

UEFA has ordered both tiers of the Curva Nord stand closed when Celtic visit on November 7.

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