Football: Steaua Bucharest to play behind closed doors

UEFA orders Romanian club Steaua Bucharest to play their two games without spectators due to fans' racist attitudes during UEFA Europa League game against Dinamo Kiev

Football: Steaua Bucharest to play behind closed doors


Romanian club Steaua Bucharest have been obliged to play their two UEFA Europa League matches behind closed doors owing to their fans' racist attitudes during their group game against Ukraine's Dinamo Kiev, European football's governing body, UEFA, said on Wednesday.

UEFA stated that Steaua fans unfurled a racist banner during the Group J match on Nov. 11, 2014 against Dinamo Kiev. Thus, the Romanian team will play their two matches behind closed doors. The club was also fined €20,000 because of fans throwing objects onto the pitch and pointing laser beams.

Steaua Bucharest were eliminated in the group stages this season therefore the sanctions given by UEFA will be applied next season.

Scottish heavyweights Celtic were also forced to pay a €10,000 fine as their fans kicked up a fuss during the Europa League Group D game against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia.

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