Report: Uefa set for Lazio-Celtic decision within 48 hours

By David Walton

October 14, 2019

The UEFA decision on a potential stadium closure for Lazio-Celtic is reportedly set to be decided within 48 hours.

According to LazioNews24, the original date of October 17th has been brought forward. Now, the decision looks set to be made before Wednesday night.

Lazio were pulled up by UEFA for alleged racist chanting. This led to Lazio trying desperately to get themselves back in UEFA’s good books. They stated that they would ban any supporter found guilty of the alleged chanting (Daily Record).

Lazio have been pulled up for their fans’ behaviour (Silvia Lore/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, a stadium closure is still an option for European football’s governing body. Celtic, meanwhile, have simply just been in the wrong place at the wrong time regarding this issue.

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The chanting apparently occurred during the last Europa League match at home to Rennes. Celtic are due to face Lazio at Parkhead next Thursday before their trip to Rome in two weeks.

Date apparently brought forward, but same issues remain

The same old frustrations for Celtic fans will still be there if Lazio are punished heavily for this. If there’s a stadium closure, this could be an absolute disaster for fans who have booked to go over to Italy.

Celtic fans could be out of pocket for Rome (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The best-case scenario is supporters find somewhere to watch the game in Rome. But there will be many angry Celts if that is indeed the case.

There could also be a partial stadium closure on the cards if UEFA want to go down that route. LazioNews24 believes the racial chanting was down to a small group of 30 fans. It would probably be sensible to just close off that small section where the chanting was heard.

Celtic will be in for a tough test at the Stadio Olimpico (Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Celtic fans don’t deserve this to happen to them, and a full stadium closure would be a poor show by UEFA. There’s no need to punish everyone for a small minority.

But it looks as though we’re going to find out the final decision on this earlier than we first thought. Hopefully, it doesn’t negatively impact the Hoops support.