The UEFA disciplinary committee has decided to sanction Serbian club Partizan Belgrade and Bulgaria’s Lokomotiv Plovdiv after racist incidents during their respective Europa League qualifying matches last week.
Partizan Belgrade must play its next two matches in UEFA’s competition behind closed doors, due to the racist behavior of its fans during the 3-1 victory over Turkish Malatyaspor, in the first leg in the third round of the qualifiers for the second most important team tournament at the continental level.
Lokomotiv of Plovdiv will have a partial closure of its stadium for the next home game after the racist behavior of its fans in the 1-0 defeat against the French team Strasbourg.
Furthermore, the governing body of European football has ordered Lokomotiv to prevent access to the Sportclub Tribune section of its stadium and to hang a banner with the UEFA logo and the phrase “#Equalgame”.
The incidents took place on August 8 during the first leg of Europa League’s third qualifying round, which saw Partizan Belgrade win 3-1 over Turkish club Malatyaspor, while Lokomotiv Plovdiv was beaten 1-0 by French club Strasbourg.
In April the Montenegrin national team was ordered to play one game behind closed doors after England players Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling were subjected to monkey chants and other forms of racist abuse throughout a Euro 2020 qualifier game in Podgorica on March 25.
Speaking to Sky Sports after that match Raheem Sterling said: “You have to be harder, punish the fans so that they can not come to the games. Do something that will make them think twice. If their team can not have their fans, it will be difficult.”