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UEFA Sanction Awoniyi’s Union Berlin

UEFA Sanction Awoniyi’s Union Berlin

Taiwo Awoniyi’s Union Berlin have been ordered by UEFA to close two stand sections for their next Europa Conference League home match after Maccabi Haifa fans suffered anti-Semitic abuse in a recent European game.

UEFA’s disciplinary committee cited “racist behaviour” for the sanction after Union fans subjected Maccabi Haifa’s supporters to verbal abuse at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium in September’s 3-0 win against the Israeli side.

Union Berlin club apologised for their fans’ behaviour.

After identifying one of the perpetrators, Union Berlin banned him indefinitely and handed the details to police, who are investigating.

Union also applied to the German Football Association (DFB) to ban the individual from all football stadiums in Germany.

Two sections of Union Berlin’s Olympic Stadium must be empty next Thursday when they welcome Feyenoord in their next Europa Conference League match.

The vacant sections will be covered by a banner bearing the words “#NoToRacism”.

Union Berlin have moved their home European matches to the city’s Olympic Stadium, where arch rivals Hertha Berlin play, to meet Uefa requirements.

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