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Partially closed stadium for Olympiakos v Manchester United

ESPN staff
December 17, 2013
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UEFA have ordered Olympiakos to play their Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United in partially-closed stadiums due to racist behaviour by the clubs' fans.

Olympiakos, who take on David Moyes' men at the Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, will have to close the lower tier of the north stand of the ground, while they have also been fined €30,000.

According to UEFA, the sanctions were imposed on Olympiakos for "the racist conduct of supporters, insufficient organisation, the setting-off of fireworks and the use of a laser" during the club's 3-1 group-stage win at home to Anderlecht on December 10.

Zenit St Petersburg have been hit with a similar ban and will have to close the section of the Petrovsky Stadium where the club's ultras are usually located for their first leg tie with Borussia Dortmund on February 25.

UEFA stated that the Russian club were punished for "the racist behaviour of fans - namely the displaying of a banner - the setting-off and throwing of fireworks and crowd disturbances" during their 4-1 defeat at Austria Vienna on December 11.

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