KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – FIFA has ordered Ukraine to play its next World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium after its fans hurled racist abuse during its match against San Marino.
FIFA said in a statement Friday that ''several racist and discriminatory incidents were apparently perpetrated by local supporters during the match, in particular by displaying neo-Nazi banners and by making `monkey noises and gestures' as well as Nazi salutes.''
FIFA also said there ''several incidents involving pyrotechnical devices'' that violated safety regulations.
Ukraine, which won the Sept. 6 match 9-0, was also fined 45,000 Swiss francs ($50,000).
The sanction means Ukraine will host Poland on Oct. 11 in an empty stadium for a game that could be crucial in deciding the top two spots in Group H, which also includes England.