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Lazio Ordered to Play in Empty Stadium Because of Racist Chants

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Priechenfried at the London Sports Desk at bprie@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

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