Racist fans land Partizan Belgrade with a two-match closed stadium sanction

August 13 – Partizan Belgrade have been slapped with a two-match stadium ban by UEFA who have clearly run out of patience with the racist element of the club’s fans. The Serbian club have been punished because of behaviour of supporters in the first leg of their third qualifying round Europa League win over Yeni Malatyaspor of Turkey.

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) announced the sanction along with a €24,250 fine for the throwing of objects and fireworks and the blocking of stairways. It means Partizan must play their next two home matches in UEFA competition behind closed doors.

Lokomotiv Plovdiv have also been issued a partial stadium ban due to racism following their Europa League qualifier against Strasbourg in Bulgaria on August 8.

In other sanctions, Medipol Basaksehir defender Aurelien Chedjou has been banned for two games for directing abusive language at a match official in a Champions League qualifier against Greece’s Olympiacos that ended in a mass brawl. Basaksehir technical director Okan Buruk, a former Turkish international, has been banned for one match “for the failure to comply with the referee’s orders” in the same game on August 7.

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