FIFA has ordered Ukraine to play their next World Cup Qualifier against Poland without the spectators after fans were accused of unsporting behavior in the match against San Marino.
Ukraine was also fined 45,000 Swiss francs ($49,669) for several incidents involving fireworks during its Sept. 6 World Cup Qualifier against San Marino in Lviv. Fans were also found to have taken part in several racist incidents, including displaying neo-Nazi banners and making Nazi salutes, FIFA said.
Apart from the neo-Nazi banners and Nazi salutes, the fans were accused of making “monkey noises and gestures” the FARE (Football Against Racism Europe) observer at the match reported.
Ukraine’s match against Poland on Oct. 11 will now be played in an empty stadium. FIFA also said Ukraine will be not be allowed to play in Lviv until end of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Besides Ukraine, Peru was also cited for several “very serious incidents of improper conduct” by fans during a Sept. 6 World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay in Lima, FIFA said without giving specific details.
Fans now won’t be allowed at Peru’s match against Bolivia on Oct. 15. FIFA also fined the Peruvian soccer federation 20,000 Swiss francs.