Lazio faces fourth charge over racist abuse by fans
APNYON, Switzerland -- UEFA has charged Lazio over racist abuse by its fans for the fourth time in the Europa League this season, ensuring the Italian club is facing a stadium closure.
February 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Lazio's latest case follows alleged incidents of “racist behavior” during a 2-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome last Thursday.
UEFA said its disciplinary panel will meet on Wednesday, and also judge charges of Lazio fans throwing objects, plus “insufficient organization” at Olympic Stadium.
The match was Lazio's first in a UEFA competition during a two-year probationary period after incidents at home against Tottenham and away to Spurs and Maribor.
UEFA could now activate a stadium closure order that was deferred in January.
If found guilty Wednesday, the punishment would probably be imposed when Lazio hosts Stuttgart on March 14 in the second leg of the last 16. Lazio would also face a further financial penalty after UEFA already ordered fines totaling 180,000 euros (US$242,000) this season.