Fan racism earns Serbian champion 2-game stadium ban
Aug. 07, 2017
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Serbian soccer champion Partizan Belgrade must play its next two European home games in an empty stadium as punishment for fan racism and crowd unrest.
Partizan was charged by UEFA with various offenses including racist behavior, firework use, and pitch invasions following two Champions League qualifying games against Montenegro's Buducnost and Greek team Olympiakos.
Besides the two-game empty stadium ruling, UEFA also hit Partizan with one more game behind closed doors, suspended for three years, and a fine of 130,000 euros ($153,000).
Partizan beat Buducnost 2-0 on aggregate, but lost to Olympiakos 5-3 over two legs in the next round.
Its first game behind closed doors will be a Europa League playoff round meeting with Hungarian club Videoton on Aug. 17.