Fan racism forces Dinamo Zagreb’s stadium closed for 1 game

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has punished Dinamo Zagreb for racist behavior by fans during the Europa League with a one-game stadium closure next season.

With Dinamo 17 points clear in Croatia’s top league, the stadium ban is likely to apply in July for the home leg of a Champions League second qualifying round game.

UEFA says a second stadium closure was deferred with the club put on two years’ probation. Dinamo was fined 20,000 euros ($22,400) for the racism and must pay a further 47,000 euros ($53,000) for fan disorder and a stadium security issue.

Dinamo was previously fined 33,000 euros ($37,000) by UEFA for similar incidents during the round of 32 game against Viktoria Plzen.

UEFA did not specify details of the incident when Dinamo hosted Benfica last month at Maksimir Stadium in the Europa League round of 16.