UEFA charges Olympiakos for offensive fan banner
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA charged Olympiakos on Thursday for an offensive banner displayed by fans at a Champions League game.
UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge a charge of “racist behavior” on Friday.
Any punishment could apply when the Greek club hosts Bayern Munich on Oct. 22.
The banner was displayed Tuesday during a 3-1 loss at Red Star Belgrade. Fans of the two clubs have long-standing links and displayed a friendship slogan at the game.
Olympiakos faces a separate charge for the team being late for the second half. Red Star faces a fine for “improper conduct” because five players were shown a yellow card.
Dinamo also faces a fine and paying compensation for damage done by its fans at City’s stadium. The charges will be judged on Oct. 17.
Vormer was already set to be banned for one game after being sent off for a second yellow card. An additional two-game Champions League could be imposed on Oct. 17.
In a similar case this season, UEFA banned Ante Rebic for five games for “serious rough play” plus insulting a match official.