Uefa have announced that three teams have been found guilty of racism during Champions League and Intertoto Cup competitions during the early part of this season. The sides have all been fined according to the principle of proportionality of the offence, ability to pay and previous record. Two are also guilty of other offences during the matches.
The fact that all three clubs are from Eastern Europe will serve to highlight the concerns many commentators have of the extent of the problem in eastern states.
FS Slovan Liberec, from the Czech Republic, have been fined 12,000 Swiss Francs (CHF) for racist behaviour and the throwing of missiles and fireworks in their Intertoto Cup game against the German side FC Schalke 04.
FK Leotar, champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, have been fined 11,000 CHF for the racist behaviour and use of fireworks by their fans during the Champions League Qualifier against SK Slavia Prague.
Polish side, Wisla Krakow have been fined 10,000 CHF for the racist abuse of RSC Anderlect players in the Champions League Qualifier recently played in August.
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