Ukraine have been ordered by Fifa to play their next home match behind closed doors at an alternative venue to their national stadium, as a result of incidents which took place in a World Cup qualifying match against San Marino in Lviv.
The referee and match commissioner spotted the use of pyrotechnical devices by fans, while FARE [Football Against Racism Europe] informed Fifa that several racist and discriminatory incidents were committed by local supporters, including neo-Nazi banners hanging in the stands, Nazi salutes and ‘monkey noises and gestures’.
A Fifa statement read: “After taking into account the full circumstances of the case, and particularly given the gravity of the incidents, the committee decided that the next home match for Ukraine in the preliminary competition for the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil [Ukraine v. Poland on October 11 2013] would be played without spectators.
“Moreover, the committee decided that Ukraine would be banned from playing in the Arena Lviv stadium as from today and for the whole duration of the preliminary competition for the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.
“Finally, the committee also decided to impose a fine of €36,000.”
Ukraine are currently one point behind England in their qualifying group, and sit level on points with Montenegro in their battle for qualification, making next month’s match against Poland pivotal if they hope to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Peru have also been ordered to play their next home match, an October 15 clash with Bolivia, without spectators, while being issued a fine of €16,000 for incidents which occurred against Uruguay on September 6 in Lima.