Uefa Sanctions CSKA for Crowd Disturbances

Uefa have ordered CSKA Moscow to play their next three European home matches behind closed doors.

The Uefa Control, Ethic and Disciplinary body took the decision after racist chanting and violence from the Russian champions’ supporters in last month’s UEFA Champions League Group E opening loss to AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

The governing body said in its statement: “The Russian team have also been fined €200,000. In addition, CSKA are banned from selling tickets to their fans for the next two UEFA Champions League group stage games which the club will play as the visiting side.”

European Football Governing Body Punishes CSKA Moscow.
European Football Governing Body Punishes CSKA Moscow.

This means CSKA will host Premier League champions Manchester City behind a closed Arena Khimki doors on 21 October and there will be no visiting fans at the Etihad Stadium in the return leg just over a fortnight later.

In a similar development, Uefa has categorically ordered the closure of section B 41 of FC Dnipro’s Dnipropetrovsk Stadium during their next Europa League home match.

Uefa took their decision following display of “illicit banner, setting off of fireworks and use of laser pointer” during the Ukrainian club’s Matchday One group opening loss at home to Italian side Inter Milan on 18 September.

It also wants Dnipro to cover the aforementioned section of the stadium with a ‘No to Racism” banner with Uefa logo on it in their next Europa League home game.

“In addition, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk has been fined €24,000,” the statement added.

The Uefa sanction implies Dnipro will host Azerbaijani side Qarabag with the section B 41 of the stadium closed to fans’ access on 23 October.

Uefa have also opened disciplinary proceedings against Feyenoord and Standard Liège following incidents of “fireworks and crowd disturbances” during Thursday’s Europa League match in the Netherlands, which the hosts won 2-1.