SPORTS

Olympiakos hit with partial closure of stadium against Man United

Olympiakos and Zenit St Petersburg will play their Champions League round of 16 home games in partially closed stadiums because of racist behavior by their fans, UEFA said Tuesday.

The Greek side will have to close the lower tier of the north stand of its stadium in the first leg match against Manchester United on February 25 and has also been fined 30,000 euros.

UEFA said the sanctions were imposed for “the racist conduct of supporters, insufficient organization, the setting-off of fireworks and the use of a laser” during the group stage match at home to Anderlecht on December 10.

Zenit was sanctioned for incidents during its 4-1 defeat at Austria Vienna and will have to close the area of the stadium which usually houses its ultras when it hosts Borussia Dortmund, also on February 25.

UEFA said the Russian club had been punished for “the racist behavior of fans – namely the displaying of a banner – the setting-off and throwing of fireworks and crowd disturbances.”

[Reuters]