The details of the punishment dished out by UEFA to Lazio following a charge of racist behaviour have been revealed.
STV journalist Raman Bhardwaj tweeted the finer details of the judgement, just minutes after Celtic fans found out they’d be cleared to attend the match at the Stadio Olimpico on November 7th.
The Serie A side have been ordered to close sections 46-49 for the Europa League encounter – equating to around 5,000 seats. Like our rivals Rangers they have been ordered to display an ‘Equal Game’ banner in the closed section as well as paying a fee of around £17,000.
But, perhaps most interestingly, the Italian side have also had a suspended punishment of a game behind doors placed upon them. That means that any more cases of racist behaviour in the next 12 months will see a full stadium closure imposed by UEFA.
UEFA ruling re racist behaviour of Lazio fans (ahead of Celtic match):
partial closure of Lazio’s stadium – sectors 46, 47, 48 and 49. Lazio ordered to display Equal Game banner. One match to be played behind closed doors (suspended for a year) + €20,000 fine
— Raman Bhardwaj (@STVRaman) October 16, 2019
Lazio are on their final warning from UEFA
It will be interesting to see if Wednesday’s punishment, and the threat of further action, keep the Lazio fans on their best behaviour against us. The Rome side already had parts of their stadium closed for the Rennes game earlier this month, when the latest behaviour occurred.
They really are on their last warning and any slips against us will see them punished even more severely.
Celtic will be backed by around 9,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico and that’s not far off the gate that the home side get in the competition. It promises to be a very strange atmosphere in a largely empty stadium but one the Hoops players should thrive in.