Spartak Moscow punished after Liverpool player racially abused
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 20/10/17 7:55pm
Spartak Moscow have been hit with a partial stadium closure by UEFA after their fans were found guilty of racially abusing a Liverpool youth player.
Bobby Adekanya, an 18-year-old Liverpool striker, was abused while playing for the club's Under-19 side against Spartak in the UEFA Youth League in September.
A UEFA statement said: "The control, ethics and disciplinary body upheld Liverpool's subsequent complaint and a section of Spartak's stadium will be closed for their next home game in Europe.
"Spartak Moscow shall inform at least seven days prior to the match the sector to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 500 seats."
The Russian champions have also been fined €33,000 for holding up a 'UEFA Mafia' banner, setting off fireworks and blocking stairways during their Champions League match with Liverpool last month.
They will have to display a UEFA banner saying '#EqualGame' in the closed section of the Otkrytiye Arena.
The Reds' Under 19 side, managed by Steven Gerrard, lost the match 2-1. Liverpool's senior side drew 1-1 in Russia, and will host Spartak in their final Champions League group game in December.