Uefa fines Feyenoord for racist behaviour by fans

European football body UEFA has taken action against Rotterdam football club Feyenoord for racist behaviour by fans during a Champions League match against Besiktas of Turkey in July.

UEFA said Feyenoord must close a section of their stadium for the second leg of their Europa League play-off match and pay a €45,000 fine after fans were involved in racist chanting and throwing missiles. The club itself was criticised for ‘insufficient organisation’.

Besiktas won the game 2-1 and later eliminated Feyenoord from the competition.

The punishment means part of the Kuip stadium will be empty when Feyenoord hosts Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk next week. The first leg of their Europa League key tie is on Thursday evening.

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