–To play 3 Europa matches behind closed doors
UEFA has ruled that Ahmed Musa’s CSKA Moscow must play their next three European matches behind closed doors due to issues of racism and crowd trouble.
The Russian champions are also forbidden to sell away tickets for their trip to face Manchester City in UEFA Champions League Group E later this month.
The punishments relate to incidents during CSKA’s opening 5-1 defeat at Roma in this season’s competition, when play was halted due to crowd disturbances, for which the club has also been fined €200,000.
In a statement, UEFA confirmed CSKA had fallen foul of Article 14 of its disciplinary regulations: “racist behaviour of supporters”; and two sections of Article 16: “crowd disturbance and setting/off throwing of fireworks and missiles.”
” The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA. The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the field and in the stands, the statement added.
” All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions.
It is the third time in the past year that CSKA have been punished due to racist behaviour by the club’s supporters.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was subjected to monkey noises as the Premier League champions secured a 2-1 win in Russia last October.
A section of CSKA’s ground was closed for the next home game against Bayern Munich
In December, UEFA charged CSKA for supporters displaying far-right symbols during the 2-1 away loss at Viktoria Plzen.
For the latter offence, CSKA was forced to play this week’s 1-0 defeat to Bayern in a closed stadium.