UEFA take further action against the club after some supporters' continued racist behaviour
“SRtRC believes that everyone should want to take action against racism. It’s clear that where financial punishments have not brought about change, further actions must be taken.”
Paul Kearns, Deputy Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card
UEFA have taken disciplinary action against Lazio due to ongoing racist behaviour of some of their supporters.
The Rome based club will now play its next two European fixtures ‘behind closed doors’; meaning supporters will not be able to watch the team in action at Lazio’s stadium.
The latest sanction comes after UEFA had found Lazio supporters guilty of racist abuse on four previous occasions this season, including two games against Tottenham Hotspur, which resulted in a fine of £120,000. The first part of the supporters’ ban will take place at Lazio’s next Europa League game against VfB Stuttgart on March 14.
"The remaining game behind closed doors applies to the next Uefa competition match for which the club would qualify. The Italian club have also been fined 40,000 euros (£34,475)," Uefa added.
The BBC reports that Lazio’s president, Claudio Lotito, has indicated the club would appeal.
"To suffer a punishment of one or two games behind closed doors, which will cause serious economic damage to the club and prevent fans from participating in an event like this, seems absurd to me," he said.
Paul Kearns, Deputy Chief Executive of Show Racism the Red Card welcomed the news, “SRtRC believes that everyone should want to take action against racism. It’s clear that where financial punishments have not brought about change, further actions must be taken.”