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Steaua get racism stadium ban as CSKA escape

BUCHAREST, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Steaua Bucharest have become the first club to be punished by UEFA with a stadium ban because of racist chanting by their fans after a Champions League match last month.

Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia, however, have escaped a ban for racist chanting during a Champions League match at their ground last month because of the 'improper conduct' of the target of the abuse, Liverpool's French striker Djibril Cisse.

Steaua were originally fined 16,500 euros ($20,460) after their fans made monkey noises at two black players playing for Irish club Shelbourne in a Champions League second qualifying round, second leg match in Bucharest.

But UEFA appealed against the decision of its own disciplinary committee and Steaua must now play their UEFA Cup first round, first leg match against Norway's Valerenga 250 km from Bucharest and pay a fine of 19,500 euros.

'It was acknowledged at the appeals hearing ... that the club did not do enough against this kind of misconduct among its fans,' European soccer's governing body said on Friday.

UEFA also appealed against the 19,500 euro fine imposed on CSKA after racist chanting in the home leg of their Champions League qualifying match against Liverpool on August 10 but the appeals committee decided not to increase the penalty.

'It was noted that Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse came in for racist abuse during the latter stages of the game,' said the UEFA statement.

'Nevertheless, the panel also took into consideration the improper conduct of the Liverpool player prior to the chants of the crowd.'

CSKA said earlier this month that some of their fans had video evidence that the France striker had made obscene gestures to the crowd.

Steaua's executive president Mihai Stoica said the UEFA Cup tie against Valerenga would probably be played in Bacau or Constanta.

'Our fans will have free entrance to the match against Valerenga,' Stoica said.