CONCACAF punishes Alajuelense for fans' racism toward Impact's Oduro
CONCACAF has fined Costa Rican club Alajuelense an undisclosed amount and has forced the club to play its next home game in the CONCACAF Champions League outside of its own stadium as a result of fan racism and other unruliness during a CCL semifinal match against the Montreal Impact.
Impact forward Dominic Oduro said that Alajuelense fans made monkey noises at him during the first leg at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto on April 7. Fans also littered the field with projectiles, and the lack of security provided by the home team was also just cause for punishment.
From CONCACAF's statement:
This is the first time the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee has levied an economic sanction for a discrimination incident during the Champions League, re-enforcing the Confederation’s zero tolerance policy concerning such incidents. CONCACAF embraces and promotes diversity as a key value of football by fostering a culture of respect and inclusiveness.
Oduro and the Impact enter Wednesday night's second leg of the CCL final against Mexico's Club America with an away-goal edge after a 1-1 draw in the opening leg at Estadio Azteca. Montreal is aiming to become the first MLS team to win the competition in its current format. Real Salt Lake is the only other MLS team to reach the final in the CCL era, falling to Monterrey 3-2 on aggregate in 2011.