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Sport Serbia handed stadium ban for fans' racist behaviour in Euro qualifier

21:16  21 october  2019
21:16  21 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Serbia have been ordered to play their next Euro 2020 qualifier against Luxembourg on Nov. 14 behind closed doors due to racist behaviour from their fans during last month's 4-2 defeat by Portugal in Belgrade.

European soccer's governing body UEFA said in a statement that Serbia's football association was also charged with pitch invasion by the fans, setting off fireworks, "illicit chants" and a late kickoff.

"The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided... to order the Football Association of Serbia to play their next two UEFA competition matches as host association behind closed doors, the second of which is suspended during a probationary period of one year," UEFA said in a statement.

Serbia were also fined 33,250 euros ($37,057.13) and were told they must display a banner carrying the words "#EqualGame" with the UEFA logo on it for their next home match -- against Ukraine on Nov. 17.

Serbia are third in Group B with 10 points -- nine points behind Ukraine, who have already qualified, and a point behind second-placed Portugal.

Bulgaria to play game behind closed doors, fined after England racism .
Bulgaria must play their next home game behind closed doors and have been handed a fine of 75,000 euros ($83,000) after racist chanting by supporters marred their Euro 2020 qualifier against England earlier this month, UEFA said Tuesday. The disciplinary arm of European football's governing body also ordered Bulgaria to play a second match behind closed doors, but that punishment is suspended for a "probationary period" of two years.

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