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March 28, 2019
UEFA has ordered Shakhtar Donetsk and Lazio to closes parts of their stadium next season because of racist fan behavior at Europa League games. Shakhtar fans displayed a far-right banner at a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt in February. Lazio fans were seen performing Nazi salutes at an away game against Sevilla in February.

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has ordered Shakhtar Donetsk and Lazio to close parts of their stadium next season because of racist fan behavior at Europa League games.

Shakhtar fans displayed a far-right banner at a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt in February.

Lazio fans were seen performing Nazi salutes at an away game against Sevilla in February. The Rome club has long had far-right elements among its fans.

UEFA says both clubs must shut stadium sections at their next home game in European competition.

Shakhtar, which has a seven-point lead in the Ukrainian league, is likely to play in the Champions League group stage next season.

Lazio is currently sixth in Serie A and could enter the next Europa League. UEFA also fined Lazio 20,000 euros ($22,500).

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