UEFA has ordered the partial closure of the Santiago Bernabeu for one match following racist behavior by Real Madrid fans during the 1-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich in April.
The Spanish giant recorded a narrow win over the Bundesliga club that eventually set Real on its way to Champions League glory, but part of the club's stadium will be shut down for the club's next home game in European competitions following incidents that took place during the game.
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"The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has handed down sanctions to Real Madrid following incidents during their Champions League semifinal first leg against Bayern Munichen in the Spanish capital on 23 April," an official statement reads.
"Following the charge of racist behaviour by Real Madrid supporters during the match (Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations), the Control and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of the Santiago Bernabeu for one match. More specifically, sectors 120 and 122 of the stadium will be closed for the club's next UEFA competition home game.
"Real Madrid are obliged to display a banner with the wording 'No to Racism' in those sectors."
The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA and European football's governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination, both on the pitch and in the stands.
All forms of racist behavior are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are severely punished.