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Lazio faces 4th UEFA charge of fans’ racist abuse

NYON, Switzerland: UEFA has charged Lazio over racist abuse by its fans for the fourth time in the Europa League this season, with the Italian club facing a stadium closure.
Lazio’s latest case follows alleged incidents of “racist behavior” during a 2-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome last Thursday.
UEFA says its disciplinary panel meets Wednesday, and will judge charges of Lazio fans throwing objects, plus “insufficient organization” at Olympic Stadium.
The match was Lazio’s first in a UEFA competition during a two-year probationary period after incidents at home against Tottenham and away to Spurs and Maribor.
UEFA could now activate a stadium closure order that was deferred in January.
Lazio hosts Stuttgart on March 14 in the second leg of the last 16.
UEFA has already fined Lazio €180,000 ($242,000) this season.

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