Legia Warsaw have been ordered to play their next home match in the Champions League behind closed doors after the conclusion of a UEFA investigation.
UEFA had charged Legia over crowd trouble and racist behaviour in the Polish club’s 6-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League game on September 14.
The club released a statement on Thursday letting supporters know about the sanction, which will affect their match against Real Madrid on November 2.
Legia Warsaw fans celebrate their return to the Champions League with a huge tifo
Security guards can be seen trying to protect themselves from Legia Warsaw supporters
Legia said it would appeal the punishment, which includes a fine of €80,000, claiming its own internal investigation had already sanctioned more than 60 fans for their part in incidents in the fixture against Dortmund.
Fans set off flares and fireworks, clashed with stewards, and were accused of singing racist and anti-Semitic chants at the match.
The club also said it had been fully compliant with all those investigating the incidents, and had assisted police in pursuing criminal prosecutions.
Flares can be seen lighting up the stadium behind Borussia Dortmund’s players in Warsaw
Fans light flares in the stands during Legia Warsaw’s match against Borussia Dortmund
Legia fans have had numerous disciplinary run-ins with UEFA in recent years.
The Polish club were forced to play in an empty stadium twice due to racist behaviour in 2014, a penalty which followed a partial stadium stadium ban the season before.
Legia supporters raised the ire of UEFA by unfurling a large banner depicting the governing body as a greedy pig.
Legia fans depicted UEFA as a pig after disqualification from the 2014-15 Champions League
Fans were upset over Legia’s disqualification from the Champions League qualification stage for fielding an ineligible player after they had beaten Celtic 6-1 on aggregate.
Legia’s current Champions League campaign is off to a poor start.
After losing 6-0 at home to Dortmund on match day one, the Polish side lost 2-0 at Sporting Lisbon on match day two.
Bryan Ruiz scores for Sporting, condemning Legia to a second straight Champions League loss
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