UEFA punishes CSKA Moscow for racist, violent fans with Champions League stadium closures

UEFA has banned CSKA Moscow fans from attending any Champions League group matches this season because of racist and violent incidents.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel ordered CSKA to play its next three UEFA competition matches in an empty stadium.

The Russian champions host Man City on Oct. 21 and Roma on Nov. 25 at Arena Khimki.

UEFA also barred CSKA from selling tickets to its fans for matches at Man City and Bayern Munich.

The punishments follow for incidents during CSKA's 5-1 loss at Roma last month. Fans displayed far-right banners and fought police in the Olympic Stadium.

CSKA lost 1-0 to Bayern in an empty stadium this week because of "racist behavior" incidents last season.

UEFA also fined CSKA 200,000 euros ($252,000).

The club can appeal.