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UEFA charges Lazio over racist abuse by fans

Associated Press
Feb 26, 2013 at 12:04am IST

Nyon: UEFA has charged Lazio over racist abuse by their fans for the fourth time in the Europa League this season, with the Italian club facing a stadium closure.

Lazio's latest case follows alleged incidents of "racist behavior" during a 2-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome last Thursday.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel meets Wednesday, and will judge charges of Lazio fans throwing objects, plus "insufficient organization" at Olympic Stadium.

UEFA charges Lazio over racist abuse by fans

Lazio's latest case follows alleged incidents of "racist behavior" during a 2-0 Europa League victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome last Thursday.

The match was Lazio's first in a UEFA competition during a two-year probationary period after incidents at home against Tottenham and away to Spurs and Maribor.

UEFA could now activate a stadium closure order that was deferred in January.

Lazio host Stuttgart on March 14 in the second leg of the last 16.

UEFA has already fined Lazio €180,000 ($242,000) this season.

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