UEFA charges Lazio over fans' racial abuse at Sparta Prague

UEFA charges Lazio over fans' racial abuse at Sparta Prague

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it opened a disciplinary case against Lazio for ''racist behavior'' by fans which disrupted a Europa League Round of 16 match.

Lazio fans reportedly aimed racist chants at Sparta Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu, who is black & from Zimbabwe.

The referee stopped play in the first half of a 1-1 draw in Prague on Thursday for a warning to be broadcast to Italian fans.

p>UEFA guidance on racial abuse requires referees to order public warnings as a first step toward possibly abandoning a match.

UEFA's disciplinary committee will judge the case on March 22.

Lazio was sanctioned several times in the 2012-13 season for fans' offensive behavior at Europa League matches.

Lazio hosts Sparta next Thursday in the second leg to decide who advances to the quarterfinals.

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