Saturday 16 December 2017

UEFA reduce CSKA's Euro rap reduced

UEFA have modified CSKA Moscow's punishment for trouble by their fans at their Champions League match away to AS Roma on appeal.

CSKA were originally ordered to play their next three European home games behind closed doors after incidents involving their supporters, including racist behaviour, crowd trouble and setting off flares at the September 17 Group E match. That ban now applies to two matches, UEFA announced.

"The latest (of the three matches) is suspended for a probationary period of five years," it added, referring to the modification.

The Russian Premier League champions have already played the first of their two matches of the original suspension, a 2-2 draw against Manchester City in Moscow last week. Their next visitors will be Roma.

The Army Men also had their fine reduced from 3200,000 to 3100,000. Their prohibition from selling tickets for their next two Champions League away games stands.

CSKA would not comment with their press officer Sergey Aksenov saying: "We are not ready to make any comments until we receive the official reasoning for their decision."

The team's draw with City gave them their first points after three group matches. They lost 5-1 in Rome and 1-0 at home to group leaders Bayern Munich.

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