Uefa punishes Steaua Bucharest fan racism with stadium ban

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Steaua Bucharest play their home European matches at Romania's National Arena

Steaua Bucharest have been told by Uefa to play their next two home European matches behind closed doors following the racist behaviour of their fans.

Steaua's fans unveiled a racist banner at their Europa League match against Dynamo Kiev in Bucharest in December.

Uefa punished the Romanian clubexternal-link for what was the third instance of racism from their supporters this season.

They were also fined €20,000 (£14,668) for two further offences: setting off fireworks and use of a laser pointer.

Steaua were knocked out of this season's Europa League at the group stage and the stadium ban will therefore come into effect next season.

The first racist incidents were at a Champions League qualifying round match against Stromsgodset of Norway.

They were then punished for racism and other offenses in a Champions League play-off against Ludogorets Razgrad, and supporters were subsequently banned from attending their match against Aalborg on 18 September last year.

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