UEFA fines Legia Warsaw for provocative fan banner
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Legia Warsaw has been fined 50,000 euros ($60,000) for a fan banner criticizing UEFA.
The Polish champions must also close the north stand of its stadium, where the trademark pre-match displays are made by fans, when it next plays at home in the Champions League or Europa League.
UEFA intervened in response to Legia fans displaying a giant banner of a UEFA badge with a pig and the slogan “And the 35,000 fine goes to...” at a Europa League game this month.
That related to UEFA’s fine for displaying a political banner commemorating the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 before a Champions League qualifying game.
In recent seasons, Legia fans repeatedly provoked UEFA with giant pre-match banners.
Legia also hosted Real Madrid in an empty stadium last season after fan violence.