Real Madrid punished for fans' racist behavior

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 30, 2014 at 9:02 am •  Published: May 30, 2014
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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Champions League winner Real Madrid was punished by UEFA on Friday for "racist incidents" by its fans during a semifinal match against Bayern Munich after some supporters displayed a Nazi banner.

Two sections of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium — sectors 120 and 122 — will be closed for the club's first home match in the Champions League group stage next season.

"Real Madrid are obliged to display a banner with the wording 'No to Racism' in those sectors," UEFA said.

Fans displayed a banner with a Nazi symbol during Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Bayern on April 23. Madrid won the second leg 4-0 in Munich.

Madrid beat city rival Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time to win its 10th European title last Saturday.

It marks the latest act of racial abuse and discrimination in Spain in recent months, including two cases involving Atletico.

Without naming Spain, UEFA reminded its member federations this month to take a tougher line on racist incidents.

In March, Atletico was fined 10,000 euros ($13,600) by UEFA for incidents at a Youth League match against Manchester City. UEFA also ordered Atletico's stadium to be partially closed for its next home match in that competition.



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