The FIFA Appeal Committee yesterday decided to reject the appeal lodged by the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) and confirm the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee with regard to the FFU on 27 September 2013 in their entirety, the Committee’s website said.

As such, the next home match of the “A” representative team of Ukraine in the preliminary competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will be played without spectators. In addition, the “A” representative team is banned from playing in the Arena Lviv stadium for the duration of the same competition. The FFU is also ordered to pay a fine of CHF 45,000 and has been warned as to its future conduct.

The sanctions imposed by the Disciplinary Committee relate to incidents that took place during the preliminary competition match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ between Ukraine and San Marino, played in Lviv, Ukraine on 6 September 2013. After receiving a report by FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe), the committee agreed that the offensive and discriminatory actions of a group of Ukrainian supporters were shameful and a clear breach of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

When rendering the decision, the FIFA Appeal Committee also recalled the resolution on the fight against racism and discrimination approved at the FIFA Congress in May 2013, which advocated the need for stricter application of sanctions.

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