Serbian football club, Red Star Belgrade have been punished by UEFA for racial abuse aimed toward Zlatan Ibrahimovi? when they hosted AC Milan in a Europa League game.
Ibrahimovic? was sitting in the stands as a substitute for his Italian team during a Europa League round-of-32 game in Belgrade in February.
A group of fans were heard shouting ethnically offensive slurs at a largely empty Rajko Mitic Stadium: “You pus, stinky balija, I fu you in your mouth” to Milan and Sweden striker, who has Bosnian roots. Ibrahimovic was born in Sweden to parents from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
UEFA said its disciplinary committee found charges proven of racist behaviour and “provocative, offensive chanting” and have ordered the club to play a home game in European competition behind closed doors and fined €30,000 ($36,000) for racist behaviour and COVID-19 protocol breaches during their Europa League clash with AC Milan.
“Red Star is to play the next two home matches behind closed doors, the second being suspended for a probationary period of one year starting from the date of this decision, for the racist behaviour of its supporters,” UEFA said.