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Ludogorets, Steaua punished by UEFA

2014-09-05 12:54
Ludogorets Razgrad (AFP/Getty Images)
Ludogorets Razgrad (AFP/Getty Images)

Nyon, Switzerland — Ludogorets Razgrad must play Real Madrid in its Champions League group-stage home debut with a stadium section closed because of fans' racist behavior.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel imposed sanctions after incidents when Ludogorets eliminated Steaua Bucharest in a playoff last week.

Steaua was also punished for fans' racist behavior and must play a Europa League match in an empty stadium.

Ludogorets hosts Madrid on Oct. 1 in the National Stadium, Sofia. Its own ground does not meet UEFA standards.

UEFA fined Ludogorets €16,000 for fans invading the field and the team receiving at least five yellow cards.

UEFA ordered Steaua to play Aalborg on Sept. 18 without fans, for its second racist offense this season.

Steaua was fined €64,500 for the racism and other offenses.

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