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FIFA Sanctions Ukraine


Red-carded: Ukrainian soccer fans cheer during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match between Ukraine and England in Kyiv on September 10.

Red-carded: Ukrainian soccer fans cheer during a 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match between Ukraine and England in Kyiv on September 10.

Ukraine will have to play its next home World Cup qualifier behind closed doors after fans were accused of shouting monkey chants and performing Nazi salutes during a match against San Marino played in Lviv on September 6.

World football body FIFA's disciplinary committee announced the sanctions in a statement on September 27.

FIFA also banned the Lviv stadium from hosting all qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup after the incidents.

Ukraine's next World Cup qualifier at home ,against Poland on October 11, will be played without spectators.

Ukraine's football federation was also fined 45,000 Swiss francs (over 36,700 euros).

Based on reporting by RFE/RL and AFP
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