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CSKA Moskva ordered to play behind closed doors

PFC CSKA Moskva must play their next three UEFA competition home games behind closed doors following supporter incidents at the club's match at AS Roma last month.

CSKA lost the match against Roma 5-1
CSKA lost the match against Roma 5-1 ©AFP/Getty Images

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has taken the following decision after incidents at the UEFA Champions League Group E match between AS Roma and PFC CSKA Moskva on 17 September in Italy.


Incidents: Racist behaviour of supporters (Article 14, UEFA Disciplinary Regulations); crowd disturbance (Article 16(2h), DR); setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles (Article 16(2b&c) DR)

Sanction: CSKA have been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition home matches behind closed doors. 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.

The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA. The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the field and in the stands. All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions. Following the entry into force of new disciplinary regulations in June 2013, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level – resulting in stricter penalties to deter any such behaviour.