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UEFA punishes Legia Warsaw for fans' racism

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NYON, Switzerland (AP)

UEFA has ordered Legia Warsaw to play in an empty stadium after more racist incidents involving its fans at Champions League matches.

The punishment will apply when Legia hosts Apollon Limassol in a Europa League group match on Oct. 3.

UEFA says a second match sanction was deferred for a five-year probationary period. Legia must pay a 150,000 euros ($203,000) fine.

UEFA charged the club with several offenses, including racist behavior and the displaying of racist banners, at home and away matches against Molde and Steaua Bucharest in July and August.

Legia was eliminated by Steaua and dropped into the second-tier Europa League. It plays at Lazio later Thursday.

Part of Legia's stadium was partially closed when it hosted Steaua as punishment for previous incidents involving fans.

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