UEFA has hit Bayern Munich with a partial closure of the Allianz Arena for the upcoming Champions League clash against Manchester United after a homophobic banner was shown by supporters during the game against Arsenal.
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During the 1-1 last-16 second-leg draw at home to the Gunners on March 11, Bayern supporters were seen to be holding a sign reading “Gay Gunners,” with a picture poking fun at Mesut Ozil alongside it.
UEFA said at the time that it had opened disciplinary proceedings against the European champions for the banner, as well as for another sign referencing the campaign to have Kosovo recognised as an official country.
And European football’s governing body has now confirmed that as a punishment, Bayern will have part of their stadium closed for the quarterfinal second leg against United on April 9, as well as being fined 10,000 euros.
A statement on UEFA’s official website read: “Discriminatory behaviour of Bayern supporters (Article 14 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations) and the displaying of an illicit banner (Article 16(2e) DR).
"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has decided: To order the partial closure of the Fussball Arena Muenchen [Allianz Arena]. In particular, the closure of sector 124 for Bayern's next UEFA competition home match, namely their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Manchester United FC on April 9; To fine the German club 10,000 euros for the displaying of an illicit banner."