Lazio Forced to Play in Empty Stadium After Racist Behavior in Stands

Lazio has passed along news that they have been ordered to play their next two home games in European competition in an empty stadium after they were found guilty for a fourth time of racist behavior by its fans.

May 19, 2012; Munich, GERMANY; A general view of the championship trophy before the UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at Allianz Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell Gunn-USA TODAY Sports

The club has also been fined $52,000 by UEFA, which brings their total fine amount up to $294,000 on the season.

Lazio’s most recent accusations of racism in the stands came after a 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach last week when some fans were accused of multiple racial slurs and gestures including fascist-style salutes and more anti-Semitic remarks.

Other incidents occurred this season against Tottenham and Maribor.

UEFA has yet to issue an official statement.

Topics: Lazio, UEFA

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