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UEFA punished Red Star Belgrade due to racial abuse of Ibrahimovic

Wed 14 April 2021 | 19:41

UEFA punished Red Star Belgrade due to racial behavior towards Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a Europa League game.

AC Milan

striker

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

was sitting in the stands as a substitute in a

Europa League

round of 32 game against

Red Star Belgrade

in February, according to

Sky Sports

.

Although the match was supposed to be played without fans in Belgrade, footage published online detailed insults shouted at Ibrahimovic targeting his Balkan family root as he was born in Sweden to parents from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

It was unclear exactly who shouted the abuse, however,

UEFA

found the club guilty of racist behavior and therefore fined the club €25,000 and also deferred a second stadium ban for a one-year probation period.

Red Star are to play their next European competition home game in an empty stadium and they are likely to serve the ban in July when the Champions League first qualifying round is going to be played.

UEFA also ordered the club to pay a further €5,000 for breaching health protocol rules by allowing in the fans and not enforcing social distancing.


source: SportMob

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