Ukraine handed 1-game stadium ban for racism
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine was ordered to play a game behind closed doors as part of a UEFA punishment for racist behavior at last month’s European Championship qualifier against Spain.
UEFA says Ukraine was also fined 97,000 euros ($102,000) for the racist behavior and separate charges including offensive chanting and the use of a laser pointer.
On Wednesday, UEFA handed Ukrainian champion Dynamo Kiev a three-game stadium ban, with one game suspended, after racist attacks on black fans during a Champions League game against Chelsea.
Ukraine will already have to play its first 2018 World Cup qualifier behind closed doors because of a FIFA racism sanction dating from 2013, and it was given a partial stadium ban from UEFA last year.