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UEFA punishes Red Star for latest fan racism incident

September 27, 2019
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Red Star's Milan Pavkov, left, duels for the ball with Bayern's Benjamin Pavard during the Champions League group B first round soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade, in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Red Star's Milan Pavkov, left, duels for the ball with Bayern's Benjamin Pavard during the Champions League group B first round soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Red Star Belgrade, in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has punished Red Star Belgrade for the latest “racist behavior” by its fans, and banned the club from selling tickets to its fans for a Champions League game at Tottenham.

UEFA said Friday its disciplinary panel found the charge proven against the Serbian champion at a qualifying rounds game against HJK Helsinki in Finland in July.

Red Star cannot sell tickets for its next Group B away game, in London on Oct. 22, and was fined 50,000 euros ($54,600).

The UEFA punishment follows similar fan incidents last season. Charges of racist behavior, illicit chants and crowd disorder led to Red Star playing a home playoff game in an empty stadium and being barred from selling tickets to two group-stage games away from home.

Red Star was ordered to pay UEFA fines totaling 191,000 euros ($208,000) last season, and 122,000 euros ($133,000) so far this season.

In a separate case of alleged racism, UEFA said Friday its disciplinary panel closed a case against Porto. No reason was given for the decision.

Racially abusive shouts were allegedly targeted by a fan with a megaphone at Young Boys player Jean-Pierre Nsame as he was preparing to take a penalty in a Europa League game last week.

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