UEFA bars fans from 3 Euro 2020 qualifiers for racism
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has punished three countries for racist behavior by fans at European Championship qualifying games, ordering them to play in empty stadiums.
UEFA says Romania’s federation faces a second stadium closure during a one-year probationary period.
Romania was also charged with other fan disorder during a 2-1 loss against Spain this month, including fans on the pitch stopping play. UEFA imposed a fine of 83,000 euros ($91,200).
Hungary and Slovakia were sanctioned by racist behavior by fans when the neighboring countries played in Budapest on Sept. 9.
UEFA fined Hungary 67,125 euros ($73,750) for a range of other offenses, and ordered Slovakia’s federation to pay 20,000 euros ($22,000).