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Ukraine Football Group To Appeal FIFA Order

Ukrainian soccer fans cheer during the 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match between Ukraine and England in Kyiv on September 10.
The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) says it will appeal an order by the world football body that the national team play their next World Cup qualifier behind closed doors.

FIFA's disciplinary committee took the decision last week after fans were accused of shouting monkey chants and performing Nazi salutes during a match against San Marino played in Lviv on September 6.

FIFA also banned the Lviv stadium from hosting all qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. The FFU was fined $50,000.

FFU deputy chief Sergei Storozhenko told a press conference in Kyiv Monday that his organization will submit an appeal after it receives the full text of the decision. Ukraine will play Poland in their next World Cup home qualifier on October 11 at Kharkiv.

Based on reporting by AFP and Interfax-Ukraine