UEFA have issued Feyenoord a €100,000 fine and ordered them to play their next European tie behind closed doors after troubles in the Europa League match against Roma last February.

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0000 feybanaFeyenoord have been charged by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body with racist behaviour from their fans, after a plastic banana was adjudged to have been thrown in the direction of Roma attacker Gervinho.

Despite former players Sekou Cisse, and Salomon Kalou defending the supporters, who regularly attend games at De Kuip with inflatable fruit, UEFA have found the actions intolerable, and fined the club €50,000 and ordered that Feyenoord’s next home European game be played in an empty stadium.

UEFA have also added another €50,000 to the fine after fans threw objects on the pitch, lit fireworks, and blocked stairs in the stadium during the match which ended 2-1 to the Italians in the final 16 of the Europa League. They also imposed a suspended sentence of one match in a UEFA competition to be played without fans, with a probation period of two years.

Feyenoord announced in a statement that they would “study the judgement further and consider possible next steps.”

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