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UEFA punishes Dutch club Feyenoord for fans' racist behavior

Feyenoord general director Eric Gudde and technical director Martin van Geel Photo:

Feyenoord general director Eric Gudde and technical director Martin van Geel

UEFA has levied punishment on Dutch club Feyenoord for racist behavior on the part of its fans, the organization announced Wednesday.

Feyenoord has been fined €45,000 ($60,000) and will be forced to close part of its stadium during the second leg of the team's Europa League playoff match against Ukraine's Zorya Luhansk next Thursday.

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The sanctions stem from Feyenoord's Champions League match against Turkish club Besiktas on July 30. According to the Associated Press, video posted online shows Feyenoord supporters chanting a religious insult at Besiktas during the game, which the visiting team won 2-1.

Last week, UEFA announced similar punishments against three other teams. The organization also announced Wednesday it's opening an investigation into an alleged racist comment made by Carlo Tavecchio, the new head of Italy's football federation.

Feyenoord opened Dutch league play earlier this month. It next plays Sunday against Utrecht.

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