Sunday 18 February 2018

Lazio fined €140k for racist abuse in Spurs and Maribor matches

Martyn Herman

LAZIO have been fined €140,000 by UEFA and warned that any repeat of the racist abuse heard in matches against Tottenham Hotspur will result in them playing one match behind closed doors.

UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body fined the Italian club €50,000 for the racist conduct of their fans in a Europa League clash in Maribor in December as well as the lighting of fireworks.

A decision ordering Lazio to play their next home UEFA game in an empty stadium was suspended for two years.

Lazio were fined another €90,000 for various incidents before and after their home clash with Tottenham in November.

A group of Lazio supporters chanted "Juden Tottenham, Juden Tottenham" ("Jews Tottenham) in German when the game got underway and unfurled a banner saying "Free Palestine".

Tottenham have a large contingent of Jewish supporters while Lazio have long had fans with extreme right-wing sympathies.

The night before the match a Tottenham fan was seriously injured during an attack in bar.

Lazio's misdemeanours also included fans throwing missiles and fireworks and the late handing in of the team sheet.

Tottenham were fined €10,000 after their fans were involved in crowd disturbances in the stadium.

Maribor were hit with a €17,000 fine for insufficient match organisation for the game against Lazio.

Al three clubs have three days to appeal.


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