Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Lazio Forced to Play in Empty Home Stadium for Two Games
'Three strikes and you're out' applies to soccer, too, apparently.
Supporters of Lazio, after three different instances of racist actions from the stands, have finally drawn the wrath of UEFA officials. Their punishment? For the next two home games, no fans will be allowed into their stadium.
UEFA has already levied nearly $300,000 in fines against the club, but taking away not only ticket and concession sales for the next two games, but taking away home-field advantage has to hurt. The straw that broke the camel's back was when a large group of fans in the stands made "fascist-style salutes" and racist chants against Borussia Mönchengladbach, a German soccer club.