Thursday October 16th, 2014

The Bulgarian Football Union fined Levski Sofia £7,750 after fans held up a "Say Yes to Racism" banner, The Guardian reports.

The incident came after UEFA started a campaign called "Say No to Racism" last month. The fans brought the sign to Levski's 3-2 win against Ludogorets on Sept. 27.

It is the third time in recent years the team has been punished for racism by fans. In 2012, they were fined for racist behavior in a match against Bosnia and Herzegovina's Sarajevo. Last year the team was fined after fans brought a banner with a swastika and another commemorating Adolf Hitler's birthday to a game against Litex Lovech.

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Levski has opened its season 4-1-0.

Racism has been at the forefront of the soccer world in recent months. Italian football association president Carlo Tavecchio was suspended for six months for racist comments. Fans were banned from CSKA Moscow's matches for racist behavior. A match between Albania and Serbia ended in the first half when violence erupted after a drone flew into the stadium with a flag reading "Greater Albania."

Earlier this month, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said "there's no racism in soccer."

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