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UEFA punishes Legia with empty stadium for Real Madrid visit

Legia Warsaw's unhappy Champions League campaign suffered another blow when they were ordered to host Real Madrid in an empty stadium.

By: AP | Nyon | Published: September 29, 2016 8:31:45 pm
legia-warsaw-m Legia side has been charged with crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks, throwing objects, racist behaviour. AP

Legia Warsaw must play Real Madrid in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence and racist behavior at a Champions League match.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel ordered the sanction to apply when Madrid visits the Polish Army Stadium on Nov. 2. Legia was also fined 80,000 euros ($90,000).

UEFA charged Legia over incidents during a 6-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago. It was the Polish champion’s first home game in the group stage of the Champions League in 20 years.

Fans clashed with stadium security staff, threw objects and lit fireworks, and discrimination monitors reported anti-Semitic abuse.

Legia lost 2-0 at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday in Group F. It next plays at Madrid on Oct. 18.

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