Three East European teams sanctioned for racism
Hungarian soccer team Honved must play their next two European games behind closed doors because of racist behaviour by fans while Polish clubs Lech Poznan and Piast Gliwice have been ordered to partially close their stadiums. Honved had been sanctioned because of "racist behaviour and racist chanting" by their fans during the Europa League qualifying match away to Serbia's Vojvodina on July 18, UEFA said on Friday.
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The Hungarian side were ordered to play their next home European game in an empty stadium for the offence which also prompted UEFA to implement an additional one-match ban from 2008 which had been suspended for a five-year probationary period. Honved, also fined 50,000 euros ($65,600), were knocked out by Vojvodina and will serve the ban next time they qualify for European competition. Lech Poznan were ordered to close the stand used by their Ultras at their next home European game.