Red Star Belgrade fans will not be able to travel to London to cheer for their team now for the fixture against Tottenham Hotspurs in the UEFA Champions League after their racist chants previously. UEFA has put a ban over the Serbian club from selling their share of tickets to the fans for the match against Spurs, as confirmed by the governing body of European football. Also Red Star have been fined an amount of €50,000 for the behaviour of their fans.
“The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to ban FK Crvena zvezda from selling tickets to its away supporters for its next (1) UEFA competition match the club will play as away team, and to fine the Serbian club €50,000 for the racist behavior of its supporters,” UEFA posted on its website.
This was regarding the racist behaviour from Red Star fans during the away leg of a Champions League qualifier against Finnish club HJK Helsinki back in July.
Red Star Belgrade, also known as Crvena Zvezda, were drawn into group B of the this in this season’s Champions League draw, along with German heavyweights Bayern Munich, last season’s runner-up Tottenham Hotspur and Greek side Olympiacos. On Matchday 1, Red Starwere easily bettered by the Bayern Munich with the scoreline reading 3-0. Red Star will now face Olympiacos at home and will fancy their chances against the Greek side. But it won’t be straight forward, considering the fact that Olympiacos have held Spurs on Matchday 1 for a 2-2 draw coming back from a two goal deficit. A third place finish for a place in the UEFA Europa League seems the best realistic option for the two minnows in Group B.
As for the ban, Red Star will serve it on Matchday 3, when they travel will be traveling to London to face Spurs at the White Heart Lane.
Red Star faced a similar punishment from UEFA last season, when away fans were banned from matches at Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool for an incident during a Champions League qualifying match at Red Bull Salzburg, where fans invaded the pitch and set off fireworks. The difference being the fine amount that tallied €30,000 last season to this season’s €50,000.