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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

FIFA rejects Ukraine World Cup appeal

Ukraine have had their appeal against the decision to make them play their first home qualifier for the 2018 World Cup behind closed doors rejected by FIFA.

Ukraine supporters attend the World Cup qualification victory over San Marino on September 9.
Ukraine fans will not be able to attend their country's first home qualifier for the 2018 World Cup.

World football’s governing body enforced the punishment following racist behaviour from Ukraine fans during a 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

Matches inside the Arena Lviv stadium -- Ukraine’s home ground -- were also banned for the nation’s final 2014 qualifiers, while the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) were fined 30,400 pounds by FIFA and warned about their future conduct.

A FIFA statement read: "The FIFA Appeal Committee yesterday decided to reject the appeal lodged by the FFU and confirm the decisions rendered by the FIFA disciplinary committee with regard to the FFU on Sept. 27 in their entirety.

"As such the next home match of the A representative team of Ukraine in the preliminary competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will be played without spectators.

"In addition, the A representative team is banned from playing in the Arena Lviv stadium for the duration of the same competition.

"The FFU is also ordered to pay a fine of 45,000 Swiss francs [about 30,400 pounds] and has been warned as to its future conduct.

"When rendering the decision, the FIFA appeal committee also recalled the resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination approved at the FIFA Congress in May 2013, which advocated the need for stricter application of sanctions."

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