Celtic’s Europa League opponents Lazio will have part of their home stadium closed for the game against Rennes, after UEFA imposed the penalty following fascist salutes from their supporters.
The Serie A giants – who opened their campaign with a surprise 2-1 loss to Cluj – will close the south-east section of the Stadia Olimpico according to the Daily Record.
However, the move may go down as one of the most meaningless punishments in the history of UEFA competition. That’s because Lazio only average around 16,000 fans in the Europa League – around 23% of their vast stadium’s total capacity.
UEFA punishment won’t affect Lazio
If the Lazio faithful miraculously decide that they want to pack the stadium for the visit of Celtic in early November then they will be able to do so. Their ban will only be in place for the game against Rennes, which is starting to look like a very important one in Group E.
Both the Italian and French cup champions would have fancied their chances of winning their opening group clash, so they will both have to try and get their campaigns back on track in matchday two.
Neil Lennon and the Celtic faithful will probably be backing a draw in that one. If that happens, and we take care of Cluj, then we will be in a really promising position going into the double header with Lazio.
A victory over them in either of the two matches and we would be very close to making the last 32. There are a lots of twists and turns to come you feel, but if we take it one game at a time and perform like we did in Rennes, we should be in with a good chance.