FIFA Orders Ukraine, Peru to Play World Cup Games Without Fans
The bans were imposed over the actions of supporters during earlier qualifying matches, FIFA said in a statement.
Ukraine was also fined 45,000 Swiss francs ($49,669) for several incidents involving fireworks during its Sept. 6 game against San Marino in Lviv. Fans were also found to have taken part in several racist incidents, including displaying neo-Nazi banners and making Nazi salutes, FIFA said.
Ukraine’s match against Poland on Oct. 11 will now be played in an empty stadium.
FIFA also said from today Ukraine will be not be allowed to play in Lviv until end of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Peru was cited for several “very serious incidents of improper conduct” by fans during a Sept. 6 match against Uruguay in Lima, FIFA said without giving specific details.
Fans now won’t be allowed at Peru’s match against Bolivia on Oct. 15. FIFA also fined the Peruvian soccer federation 20,000 Swiss francs.
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