Man City to play CSKA behind closed doors

Manchester City’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow will be played behind closed doors after the Russian club was punished for the bad behaviour of its fans in Italy a fortnight ago, Sky Sports is reporting.

Fans of the Russian club were found guilty of several offences including crowd disturbances, setting off/throwing fireworks and missiles and racist behaviour – it is the third time this year their fans have been found guilty of racial abuse.

The unrest followed their 5-1 defeat at the hands of Roma in the same competition last month, and UEFA have decided to come down hard on the club.

A heavy fine of 200,000 euros and the order to play three games behind closed doors at home, meaning City will face their opponents in an empty stadium when they play each other.

They have also been banned from selling any away tickets for the return leg in Manchester next month.

City faced CSKA in last year’s competition too and the racial abuse of midfielder Yaya Toure led to UEFA implementing a partial closure of their stadium.

A repeat of the abuse meant Tuesday’s fixture against Bayern Munich was played behind closed doors – and the extended ban has now been imposed.

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