Soccer

UEFA charges Lazio over alleged fan racist abuse

{eot}
Associated Press
1/7/2013 11:24:26 AM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

NYON, Switzerland -- UEFA charged Lazio on Monday with "alleged racist behaviour" by its fans, who are accused of chanting anti-Semitic abuse at Tottenham during a Europa League match.

The Rome club was also fined by the Italian league on Monday for a separate incident involving racist abuse.

In addition to the alleged chants, Lazio fans displayed a "Free Palestine" banner at the Olympic Stadium on Nov. 22, apparently taunting Tottenham, which draws fans from London's Jewish community.

UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on Jan. 24.

Lazio could be ordered to play its next Europa League home match in an empty stadium. It faces Borussia Moenchengladbach in the last 32, with the second leg in Rome on Feb. 21.

Lazio was meanwhile fined (euro)15,000 ($20,000) by the Italian league for racist chants by its fans directed at Cagliari's Colombia forward Victor Ibarbo in Saturday's match, which Lazio won 2-1.

UEFA has already fined the Italian club (euro)40,000 ($52,300) for its fans' racist behaviour when it played Tottenham in London in September.

UEFA acted on the second incident after receiving reports from the English Football Association and the European fans' network FARE, which sends monitors to high-risk games.

The return leg, which ended 0-0, was played amid tension after attacks on Tottenham fans in a bar in central Rome.

UEFA said that Lazio faces a range of charges, including fans throwing missiles and fireworks. The team also arrived late at the stadium for the match and submitted its team sheet late.

Tottenham also faces charges "related to crowd disturbances" in Rome, UEFA said.

Like Lazio, Tottenham has advanced to the last 32 and will play Lyon, with the first leg at home on Feb. 14.

Lazio's hard-core "ultra" fans are known for their extreme right wing political views.

Soccer balls (Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Podcasts

TSN FC with Luke Wileman, Jason deVos & Kristian Jack - August 26

Luke, Jason & KJ recap the start to the EPL season, Crystal Palace's search for a manager, Malky Mackay, plus chat MLS as well.

TSN 690 oranges @ halftime Aug 19

Joined in studio w/Paul Desbaillets co-founder of annual soccer charity event GOAL MTL. We chat w/Susan Bell, Danny Smiles, UM02 Carlos & Heath Pearce

TSN 690 oranges @ halftime Aug 19: Susan Bell

Fund Development Director of Tyndale St-George discusses GOAL MTL's legacy and the impact the funds raised have on her community


More Podcasts

Premier League Shows on TSN.ca

TSN.ca is Canada's exclusive home to highlight and feature programs from the Barclay's Premier League. Check out the latest programs on VOD below.


Net Busters

See all the goals, saves, bloopers and quotes from each week

- Episode 2


BPL Match Pack

Weekly match preview show using interesting facts & figures

- Week 2

TSN TweetBox
© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television