Racism costs CSKA and Steaua

PFC CSKA Sofia and FC Steaua Bucuresti have both been fined by UEFA for racist chanting by supporters at recent home games.

Firecrackers lit
The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has fined Bulgarian side CSKA €19,500 for the behaviour of their fans during the home leg of their second qualifying round tie against Liverpool FC, in which the match observer reported five incidences of firecrackers being let off at the stadium.

Cissé abused
The observer also noted that Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé came in for racist abuse during the latter stages of the game. The problem began with the crowd booing the player every time he received the ball, but for the final 12 minutes of the match, these boos turned into "monkey noises".

Steaua punishment
Meanwhile, Romanian team Steaua have been handed a €16,500 penalty for the behaviour of their supporters at the second leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie against Shelbourne FC.

'Monkey sounds'
After eight minutes, it was reported that plastic bottles were thrown from the Steaua fans at the Shelbourne bench. After 80 minutes, Shelbourne substitute Joseph Ndo's arrival on the pitch was greeted by "monkey sounds" from the home supporters, which recurred every time the player touched the ball.

Appeal deadline
Steaua and CSKA both have until midnight on 22 August to mount an appeal against UEFA's decisions.