UEFA punishes Legia Warsaw for fans’ racism

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.