UEFA punishes Slovakian club for fan racism in Europa League
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has ordered Slovan Bratislava to play a Europa League game against Wolverhampton in an empty stadium as punishment for fans’ racism.
UEFA says its appeals panel dismissed the Slovakian club’s challenge against the one-game stadium closure, which is punishment for fans making racist chants and a banner at a playoff game in August, against PAOK of Greece.
The closure will apply when Wolves visits on Oct. 24.
UEFA also fined Slovan 50,000 euros ($54,900), plus 41,750 euros ($45,800) for other charges including fan disorder.
In a separate disciplinary ruling Wednesday, UEFA closed a case against Olympiakos for an alleged racist banner in a Champions League game at Red Star Belgrade this month.
UEFA says Rebic’s ban in European competitions is now three games, plus a fourth suspended for a two-year probationary period.