UEFA punishes Lazio for fans’ racism




Italian club Lazio have been hit with a partial stadium closure for their next Europa League home match against Celtic for “racist behaviour” by fans against Rennes, Uefa confirmed on Wednesday.

The Roman side have been ordered to close four sections of the Stadio Olimpico which make up the Curva Nord (North Stand) for the game against the Scottish champions on November 7.

Lazio had been charged after some of their supporters made fascist salutes in the Curva Nord section during the 2-1 home win over French club Rennes on October 3.

Lazio have also been fined 20 000 euros ($22 000) by European football’s governing body which has called for football to launch a war on racism.

A suspended sentence of playing one match behind closed doors was also handed down while Lazio must display a banner with the wording #EqualGame, with the Uefa logo on it.

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