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UEFA confirms two closed-door games for Lazio

Club president says decision 'abnormal measure'

UEFA confirms two closed-door games for Lazio

Rome, March 11 - European soccer governing body (UEFA) upheld its decision on Monday forcing Rome's Lazio club to play its next two home games in the Europa League behind closed doors due to reported acts of racism by its fans. The sanctions, including a 40,000-euro fine, were levied following a February match against Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach when Lazio fans reportedly gave a Fascist straight-armed salute. Defenders of Lazio suggest it was merely a military gesture, not political or fascist. "This is an abnormal measure," Lazio club president Claudio Lotito said following Monday's decision by the UEFA jury. Lazio fans are already under fire for previous racist incidents. In one case, Lazio fans were accused of anti-Semitic abuse against Tottenham Hotspur supporters during a Europa League match in Rome last November.

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