Thursday , October 31 2019

Serbia hit with supporter ban by UEFA after racist behaviour by fans

Serbia forced to play next Euro 2020 qualifier behind closed doors after UEFA bans fans following racist behaviour in Belgrade loss by Portugal

  • Serbia hit with two-match supporters ban having been charged by UEFA
  • Second of the games is suspended for a 12-month probationary period
  • Match with Luxembourg will also display ‘#EqualGame’ banner with UEFA logo 

Serbia have been ordered to play their Euro 2020 qualifier against Luxembourg next month behind closed doors because of racist behaviour by supporters.

The Football Association of Serbia was charged with a series of offences surrounding September’s 4-2 defeat by Portugal in Belgrade, and now UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body has handed down a two-match ban on spectators, the second of which is suspended for a 12-month probationary period.

Serbia will play their next Euro 2020 qualifier with Luxembourg behind closed doors after being hit with a two-match supporter ban by UEFA following racist behaviour by their fans

The match at the Stadion Rajko Mitic will also feature a banner similar to the one that was on display in the racism marred clash between Bulgaria and England earlier in October

The match at the Stadion Rajko Mitic will also feature a banner similar to the one that was on display in the racism marred clash between Bulgaria and England earlier in October

A UEFA statement said: ‘The control, ethics and disciplinary body has decided: to order the Football Association of Serbia to play their next two (2) UEFA competition matches as host association behind closed doors, the second of which is suspended during a probationary period of one (1) year, for the racist behaviour of its supporters.

‘The Serbian FA is ordered to display a banner with the wording ‘#EqualGame’, with the UEFA logo on it, in the next UEFA competition match which the association will play as the host.’