October 10 – UEFA have confirmed that Slovan Bratislava’s Europa League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers will be played behind closed doors after dismissing their appeal against being charged for racist chants by fans in a play-off game against PAOK of Greece.
Slovan have confirmed on their website that only spectators under the age of 14 will be allowed in the stadium. That is because new rules allow accompanied children up to the age of 14 from schools and football academies to attend behind-closed-doors matches free of charge.
This is the second Europa League game Slovan have been forced to play behind closed doors this season. Their opening 4-2 win over Turkish side Besiktas saw around 5,000 children allowed in the stadium following UEFA disciplinary action.
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said it was unfair to indirectly penalise his club too.
“Whilst we fully respect UEFA’s obligation to punish unacceptable behaviour by opposition supporters, we are deeply disappointed that this decision will ultimately affect our own fans and their ability to support the team,” he said
“We have understandably explored all avenues to find a way in which to remedy this situation, but unfortunately we have been advised that there is no way around this decision.”
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