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UEFA charges Poland over racism

Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 11:14 PM
Poland’s Piotr Zielinski (second from right) scores his team’s first goal during the UEFA Nations League match against Italy at Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna, Italy, last Friday.

NYON, Switzerland (AP):

UEFA has charged Poland with fan racism in a Nations League game, while the Czech Republic and Ukraine face charges for crowd unrest.

These are the first disciplinary cases involving Europe's newest international competition. UEFA did not specify what Polish fans are alleged to have done in Friday's 1-1 draw with Italy, but said the case would be heard on September 21.

Both the Czech Republic and Ukraine are charged over pitch invasions in their game last Thursday, while Ukraine's fans are also accused of crowd disturbances, throwing objects and damaging the stadium. Ukraine won the game 2-1.

The Czech Republic also face a charge over the delayed kick-off of the game, which was caused by a problem with the floodlights. All of the charges related to that game will be heard on September 27.