Romania fans banned from Euro qualifier for racism

Side to play game behind closed doors after racist and violent conduct from its fans this month.

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Romania will host Finland on October 8 [File Getty Images]

Romania must play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Finland behind closed doors after racist and violent behaviour from their fans during the goalless draws against Hungary and Greece, the domestic football federation (FRF) said.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel also fined the Romanian federation $124,421 in total for the bad behaviour, the FRF said in a statement on Thursday.

European football’s governing body fined the FRF after Romanian fans booed the Hungarian national anthem, displayed an illegal banner and clashed with Hungarian supporters during the game at the Groupama Arena in Budapest on September 4.

The fine includes punishment for fans’ racist behaviour and the throwing of missiles and fireworks during the Group F match against Greece at Bucharest’s National Arena on September 7.

Romania, who host Finland on October 8, are second in the standings with 16 points from eight matches, one point behind Northern Ireland. Hungary are third on 13.

Source: Reuters