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Feb 18, 2014

CSKA Moscow face stadium ban

NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA has punished CSKA Moscow, Apollon Limassol and Serbia under-21s for racist behaviour by their fans with full or partial stadium closures.

Fans of CSKA Moscow fans light up the sky at Viktoria Plzen. Their banners led to a full home stadium ban.
Fans of CSKA Moscow fans light up the sky at Viktoria Plzen. Their banners led to a full home stadium ban.

CSKA received the heavier punishment of playing their next European home game behind closed doors, after supporters displayed racist and far-right symbols in the Czech Republic during a 2-1 loss to Viktoria Plzen on Dec. 10 in the Champions League.

The Russian club was also fined 50,000 euros ($68,000) after being warned previously for fan abuse during an October home game against Manchester City.

Apollon Limassol received a partial home stadium closure for their next UEFA game after fans were caught making monkey chants at Legia Warsaw player Dossa Junior during a 2-0 home loss in the Europa League on Dec. 12.

The Football Association of Serbia was ordered to partially close its stadium at the next Serbia under-21 home game after monkey sounds were heard during a 2-2 draw with Belgium in 2015 European Under-21 Championship qualifying on Nov. 15.

Because Serbia had already had to play two home under-21 games behind closed doors for racial abuse during a home game against England under-21s in October 2012, UEFA ordered the Serbia FA at the next under-21 home game to display a large banner reading "No to Racism" and make the captain stand in the middle of the pitch and announce over the PA the opposition to racism by the Serbia FA, the under-21 team and their fans.

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