Italy’s Lazio will play its next Europa League soccer home game in an empty stadium because of racist chanting by its supporters during a 1-0 win over Legia Warsaw on Sept. 19.
The club will be forced to play without anyone in the stands at its home match on Nov. 7 against Cyprus’s Apollon.
The Rome-based team was also fined 40,000 euros ($54,000) because of the racism, as well as the display of an inappropriate banner in the crowd and the lighting of fireworks, according to a statement e-mailed by UEFA, European soccer’s governing body.
UEFA said in the statement that it has a “zero tolerance” policy toward racism “on the pitch and in the stands” and gave Lazio three days to appeal.
Coach Vladimir Petkovic received a warning after the game started late.
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