UEFA bans Red Star Belgrade fans from Tottenham trip over racist chants

Red Star Belgrade fans celebrate qualifying for the Champions League group stage
Image: Red Star Belgrade fans celebrate qualifying for the Champions League group stage

UEFA has banned Red Star Belgrade fans from buying tickets for their Champions League match at Tottenham as a punishment for racism.

European football's governing body said its disciplinary panel found the charge proven against the Serbian champions in a qualifying game against HJK Helsinki in Finland in July.

Red Star will now not be able to sell tickets for the Group B game at Spurs in London on October 22, while the club was also fined 50,000 euros (£44,500).

Tottenham Hotspur stadium
Image: Red Star fans will miss out on a trip to Tottenham's new stadium

The punishment follows similar fan incidents last season, when charges of racist behaviour, illicit chants and crowd disorder led to Red Star playing a home playoff game in an empty stadium and being barred from selling tickets to two group-stage games away from home.

Red Star were ordered to pay UEFA fines totalling 191,000 euros (£170,000) last season, and 122,000 euros (£108,000) so far this season.

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Red Star lost their opening Group B fixture 3-0 at Bayern Munich, while Tottenham drew 2-2 at Olympiakos.

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